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Sean Parker: This Is How We Made Facebook Addicts

Sean Parker: This Is How We Made Facebook Addicts”

Speaking at an event hosted by Axios in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Parker warned about the unknown societal consequences of widespread social media use, saying he had become "something of a conscientious objector" against social platforms.

Parker, who was played by Justin Timberlake in the film about Facebook's founding, The Social Network, spoke at an Axios event in Philadelphia on Wednesday and said in the green room that social networks are created to exploit a "vulnerability in human psychology" that keeps us coming back for more.

The tech billionaire, who is now the founder and chair of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, added that a widely used service like Facebook, which now has 2 billion monthly users around the world, "literally changes your relationship with society, with each other". "It probably interferes with productivity in weird ways".

Parker says the social networking site exploits human psychological vulnerabilities through a validation feedback loop that gets people to constantly post to get even more likes and comments. Facebook is also "exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology", Parker said.

"The inventors, creators - it's me, it's Mark [Zuckerberg], it's Kevin Systrom on Instagram, it's all of these people - understood this consciously".

Confirming what you basically know, but probably don't want to think about too closely, Parker explained just how he and the other early Facebookers built the platform to "consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible".

A like or a comment on a post sends users "a little dopamine hit", he said, encouraging them to post again. "And that's going to get you to contribute more content, and that's going to get you. more likes and comments". "And we did it anyway".



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