Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney has said that there is a lot of "pressure" involved in making Instagram profiles appear interesting.

The revered musician and author, who is now 78, is happy to dip into social media now and again. but his team run his online accounts so he can deal with the art of music-making, which has been his primary career concern for 60 years.

"I would not want to be trying to get famous now, with social media and stuff," he told GQ.

"Lots of people in my family do Instagram and I say, 'I can't believe you're doing this, because every time you post something you've got to think of something clever to say.' It's the worst pressure on earth. Because all you're doing is taking a picture of your breakfast and you've got to say, 'Pancakes are not just for Shrove Tuesday.' For me that is not fun."

The musician does have an an Instagram account which he checks in on for news of birthdays, deaths and major life events.

He recalled having dinner with Gwyneth Paltrow once and being asked by the actress and business mogul if he had a Facebook page. "I said I did but that I didn't look at it very much. And she looked at me in horror and said, 'That could be very dangerous.'

"And I said, 'Well, I suppose it could be, but I just can't be bothered.' All of this stuff, I dip into it, but it doesn't really attract me. I'd rather just go off into a corner and try to write a song."

The former Beatle also said he little interest in the selfie phenomenon.

Paul McCartney pictured with fellow Beatle Ringo Starr n 2016