Katy Perry is a ''victim'' of social media.

The 'Dark Horse' hitmaker thinks the rise in sites like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter represent a ''decline of civilisation'' and has urged people to find a ''balance''.

She told Refinery29: ''A lot of us are living for that picture, and then the currency is the like. 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. 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.''

Meanwhile, Katy previously likened keeping her private life out of the spotlight to ''walking a tightrope''.

She explained: ''Well, it's like walking a tightrope. 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. But some people do that and need that and it's a tool. 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.''

And the 33-year-old singer feels it would be ''ignorant'' of her if she didn't use her fame to ''highlight the social injustices'' in the world.

She shared: ''Maybe, more than ever, I have a point of view and a perspective ... Well, times are changing and things are becoming more obvious. 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.''