'I think it's the decline of civilisation': Katy Perry claims she is a 'victim' of social media and blasts online sites as 'not good for society'

She often documents her newest releases as well as her nights out and tour shows, for her millions of followers.

But Katy Perry has now claimed she is a 'victim' of social media, due to the pressure in society to share every move online.

Speaking to Refinery29, the 33-year-old explained sites such as Instagram and Twitter represent the 'decline of civilisation', and urged her fans to 'not care' about social media, and instead 'live their lives'. 

Talking about the notion of sharing photos and videos from various nights out, she explained: 'It's hard because I'd rather not care about that and just live my life.

'We buy clothing and products or pose a certain way or go to an event to get a picture - it's not good for us as a society. I think it's actually the decline of civilisation if we're going extreme about it.'

She went on to claim that she and many others need to find a happy medium, and combat the desire to document every action online. 

She added: 'We have to find a balance, and I'm trying to find my own personal balance with it because I'm just as much a victim as everybody else.'

Katy, who boasts 68 million followers on Instagram and 108 million on Twitter, has been vocal about her dislike of living in the public eye over the years.

Speaking at an American Idol panel last week, the Roar hitmaker explained she puts up with fame in order to do what she loves, and create music for her fans. 

She said: 'You don't have to answer any question. You're not under oath. You don't have to leave bread crumbs all over social media if you don't want to. 

'Listen, all the fame stuff is just a by product of what I do, it's not what I sought out to do. I just wanted to tell stories and sing and connect with people.'

However, Katy has also assured in the past that she will always use her celebrity status for good, and discuss the world's 'social injustices' with her millions of fans.

She revealed to The Times last year: 'I've been given a platform, and it would be a crying shame if I was just selling shoes and not trying to help the legs that are walking in them. 

'It would be almost ignorant of me not to highlight some of the social injustices and false narratives. I have everything to lose, so I'm also taking a chance.'

Katy is currently preparing for her role as judge on the reboot of American Idol - having bagged a $25 million contract with ABC.

The singer joins Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie on the panel, while long-time host of the original Fox series Ryan Seacrest will be returning as presenter.