Sean Parker Wonders What Facebook Is 'Doing to Our Children's Brains'

Sean Parker: This Is How We Made Facebook Addicts

Ex-Facebook president Sean Parker says social media site exploits human weakness is its bid to 'consume as much time and conscious attention as possible'

Parker isn't the only ex-Facebooker to raise concerns about the addictive nature of the social network and about tech's psychological and societal effects.

"When Facebook was getting going, I had these people who would come up to me and they would say, "I'm not on social media.' And I would say, 'Okay, you know, you will be", he said. He said they started with a simple question: "How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?"

"I don't know if I really understood the consequences of what I was saying", he added, pointing to "unintended consequences" that arise when a network grows to have more than 2 billion users. He also called their thought process "exactly the kind of thing that a hacker" would come up with and explained that they were basically "exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology". God only knows what it's doing to our children's brains'.

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"That means that we needed to sort of give you a little dopamine hit every once in awhile because someone liked or commented on a photo or a post or whatever".

With all of these highly-revealing comments now available to the public, he joked that Zuckerberg will probably suspend his Facebook account.

Many media critics have begun arguing that the business model of Facebook and some other social sites encourages extremism, by creating echo chambers in which ideas spread without being contested, and by rewarding controversial ideas with greater exposure.

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Parker, who now has two children, said: 'It probably interferes with productivity in weird ways.

"Anxiety is a huge problem now", Parker said.

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"It literally changes your relationship with society, with each other", Parker said, according to Axios. And that's going to get you to contribute more content. ... Additionally, he thinks that those transformative abilities can become predatory, insofar as the social network can perhaps control its user. "And the problem is it becomes this race to the bottom of the brainstem, where if I go lower on the brainstem to get you, you know, using my product, I win".

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