Published: Sat, November 11, 2017
Science | By Eileen Rhodes

Sean Parker on Facebook: We created a monster

Sean Parker on Facebook: We created a monster

Parker also said, 'God only knows what it's doing to our children's brains'.

Parker said that he and people like Zuckerberg realized they could keep their users engaged by "exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology" and creating 'a social-validation feedback loop'. He added that each "like" or "comment", is a dopamine hit, exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology on goal to keep Facebook users hooked.

"And I just think the inventors, the creators - it's me, it's Mark, it's Kevin Systrom (the inventor of Instagram) - all these people understood this consciously and we did it anyway". "And that's going to get you to contribute more content".

One of the building block decisions of these social media applications was, "How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?", said Parker.

Axios writer Mike Allen wrote, "Sean Parker, the founding president of Facebook, gave me a candid insider's look at how social networks purposely hook and potentially hurt our brains". It's not the first time a tech entrepreneur has disavowed something they've created or been involved with - Programmer Ethan Zuckerman famously penned an apology letter for unleashing pop-up ads into the world several years ago.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at Facebook in Menlo Park, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015.

Parker said he would tell early holdouts to the platform that "we'll get you eventually".

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Although Facebook is a social networking site, it also has huge impact as an advertising platform and news distributor, reaching 2 billion people each month.

"It probably interferes with productivity in weird ways".

As for his own lifestyle, Parker says he quit social media apart from a lingering Facebook account, describing it as "too much of a time sink".

Though primarily a social networking site, Facebook has acquired enormous influence as an advertising platform, entertainment source, and communications channel. I value presence. I value intimacy.' And I would say, .

But Dr Highfield says it hard to know what impact this is having because "we don't know necessarily how people are using the platforms".

His official tenure with Facebook lasted only a year before a suspected-cocaine scandal forced him out as president in 2005, although he remained integral to its operations.

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