Smartphones are ‘futile and distract us from what’s important’: Pope warns young people about using gadgets too much
- Pope Francis made the claims on Tuesday to German altar servers
- He urged young people not to waste ‘too many hours on futile things’
- Futile activities included chatting on the web and phones, and watching TV
- The Pope continued that time is a gift from God and should be used for ‘good actions’
Pope Francis has previously been an outspoken advocate about the benefits of Twitter and the way the web can bring people together – but has now warned of the dangers such activities can bring.
Speaking to German altar servers, the pontiff said young people ‘waste too many hours on futile things’ and this is distracting them from ‘what is really important’.
He added that futile activities include chatting on the internet and smartphones, and watching TV soap operas.
During an address to the 50,000 young servers, who are on a pilgrimage to Rome, Pope Francis said: ‘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 continued that these activities ‘should simplify and improve the quality of life, but distract attention away from what is really important.’