Simon Reeve: ‘social media is a catastrophe for our collective mental health’

That said, many people don’t – and that, in turn, takes its toll. “I feel very strongly that collectively, in Britain, we are living lives that are too samey and safe generally,” he says. “We need to have the sort of fresh, exciting new experiences that I think we as a species are wired to learn from and enjoy. And we’re not getting that enough. We’re being too lulled into a beige, boring existence by bloody smartphones, central heating and social media.”