2021-12-23 16:44:00

Social networks should complement real life, not make people go virtual Putin

Moscow, December 23, Interfax - Social networks should complement real life, not make young people go virtual, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

"The issue is not that, the issue is to create such content that will be beneficial, the issue is that young people should not be carried away with this Internet, that they should not replace real life with just being online from morning till night. There should be movement, life should be full, people should exercise and visit theaters and museums," he said at his annual press conference, responding to his attitude to modern Internet platforms and their interaction with young people.

"These Internet opportunities you have mentioned, these various networks should complement real life, not make people go virtual and live a virtual life. All these things lead to degradation," the president said.

This problem should be solved by bodies of authority, public organizations, and non-commercial structures, which "should come up with certain rules of the game in dialogue between themselves," he said.

The president said the opportunities provided by Internet platforms should be used. To make that happen, there is a goal to introduce broadband Internet nationwide, Putin said.

"This work should be completed in schools now, we should do that in rural areas as well. I think 24 billion [rubles] is envisaged for this work," he said.