Pope Francis yesterday issued some wisdom for young people at a service of 50,000 German altar servers urging them to commit good deeds rather than waste time on the “futile” internet.
The 77-year-old said the internet was a “gift from God” but expressed concerns that people are losing themselves’ online. He added that social media should be “a network not of wires but of people.”
The Pope, who regularly shares his views of modern life with the 4.3m followers of his "futile" '@Pontifex' Twitter account, feels people are too reliant upon technology.
Pope Francis said: “Maybe many young people waste too many hours on futile things. Our life is made up of time, and time is a gift from God, so it is important that it be used in good and fruitful actions.”
He added: “Chatting on the internet or with smartphones, watching TV soap operas, and using the products of technological progress simplifies and improves the quality of life but they distract attention away from what is really important."
Pope Benedict started the official Pope Twitter account in 2011 to spread his message to followers regularly.