Risks like these have not impressed Patriarch Kirill who said young people should not jeopardise their safety for the sake of the perfect snap.
“Today our social nets have a real disease when our young people are ready to do anything, sometimes even [horrific] things, to risk their lives, so that someone says that he likes it,” he said after a liturgy at the Moscow Epiphany Cathedral.
“The English word ‘like’ is used to show such support. Some young people have only one goal, to collect ‘likes’, if there are no ‘likes’ they feel it like a personal tragedy.”
Patriarch Kirill added that selfie culture encouraged sinful thought.
He said: “The whole civilisation is directed to help a person perceive these sinful images. To many people it is important from the point of obtaining money, others pursue more dangerous goals, but it is a fact that there are almost no movies without an image that excite sinful thoughts.”
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