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Germany's Merkel: 'It's not as if Facebook will make you happy in life'

Although Merkel has over one million Facebook likes on her official page she suggested the she considers few close to her

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has likened Facebook to a washing machine saying it is “nice to have…like a decent washing machine” but added that it “won’t make you happy in life.”

Merkel made the comments about the social media network while attending a Protestant congress at a Stuttgart church on Friday.

After the event in which she spoke about online privacy, a young boy asked Merkel whether she liked Facebook or not.

“It’s nice that we have it – it’s nice like having a car or a decent washing machine,” amid laughter and applause from the crowd according to DPA news agency.

Although Merkel has over one million Facebook likes on her official page she suggested the she considers few close to her.

She said “The pure existence of Facebook does not mean that I automatically have great friends,”

She continues by saying “It’s not as if Facebook will make you happy in life.”

In comments carried by Der Spiegel, Merkel said Facebook was a tool to maintain contact with people but was not as good as meeting up with friends in real life.

Merkel who was recently listed as Forbes magazine’s most powerful woman in the world, was the subject of mockery online two years ago after calling the internet “Neuland,” or uncharted territory while talking about internet privacy.