Former One Direction star Zayn Malik ''doesn't believe'' in social media and claims the platform breeds followers rather than leaders.

The 24-year-old singer may not be short of followers on Twitter and Instagram but he admits that he can see through the filters of public sharing platforms.

Speaking to VMAN magazine, Malik said: "It's become ridiculous to me. Even angles of pictures can't be taken a certain way because that's not the cool way to take an angle of a picture.

''Everyone's personal opinions and what they believe in, how can you amalgamate all of that into one thing and expect that not to create a problem for people's minds?"

''That's my personal opinion, that it's not really that developing for us as people. That for me is the main reason why I don't believe in social media: because I believe it breeds sheep and not lions.''

Malik uses but isn't a huge fan of social media

In the candid interview, the Pillowtalk hitmaker opened up about his passions away from music and reckons he'd be at university if it wasn't for his successful stint on The X Factor in 2010.

"I think about (what I'd do away from music) quite a lot. I think about alternative realities. I think I’d be at university and I would have done my English degree. I think I’d be looking for some employment to do with English lecturing or literature.

"I love poetry and writing—obviously, I’m a songwriter—so, it would’ve been something that would still give me the feeling of a creative outlet within my writing."