Ed Sheeran likes ''stalking'' people on Instagram.

The 23-year-old singer - who has 9.63 million Twitter followers and 1.6 million followers on Instagram - enjoys using social media but only follows his manager on the picture-sharing website as he hates having his news feeds cluttered, though he can't resist peeking into other people's lives via the site.

He told E! News: ''I like going to Instagram and, like, stalking, but I don't like going to Instagram and having everything there.

''Twitter's the worst because I followed so many people back in the day just to be polite all they do is retweet compliments...It's just all retweets!''

Ed admitted he only followed his manager to increase his own number of followers.

He added in an interview with E! News: ''I only follow him because you have to follow someone to get followers.

''I didn't follow anyone and I was stuck on, like, 1.3 million...then I started following Stuart and it started going up again.''

The 'Sing' hitmaker - who counts Taylor Swift, Courteney Cox and Jennifer Aniston among his famous friends - loves going out in Hollywood because he gets to ''make stories'' he will be able to tell for years to come.

He said: ''In Hollywood I just kind of like to be open and go out and enjoy myself, and make stories.

''You know, make stories that I can tell in 20 years and be like, 'That happened one time, that was pretty fun.' ''

But the British star insists not all of his friends are in the public eye.

He added: ''I do have school friends as well...I sound like such an industry whore when you say it like that!''