The 33-year-old Italian revealed he isn’t a big fan of modern technology making its way behind the scenes at football clubs.
But admitted that when he was younger, older players would “irritate him” when they complained that things weren’t like “in their day”.
De Rossi, who won the World Cup in 2006, spoke about his problem with social media in an interview with Undici magazine.
He said: “When we started out, it was all different, that was 20 years ago. Now a 20-year-old will get into the first team and have more Instagram followers than Messi.
“When I was young, the older players would say ‘it wasn’t like in my day’ – that’s life and it always will be. Mind you, some of them irritate me too.
“When I see them do live Instagram videos from inside the locker room before a game, I’d like to take a baseball bat to their teeth…
“But they’re 18 years old and in 20 years’ time they will find themselves complaining about the youth of today.”
De Rossi isn’t the only footballer against young stars spending too much time on social media and, apparently, not enough time training.
Rio Ferdinand recently hit out at Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard after the Manchester United pair filmed themselves dancing in the changing room.
The former Red Devils centre-back said that kind of thing would have never have gone on at United under Sir Alex Ferguson.