38-year-old founding president of Facebook, Sean Parker, was uncharacteristically frank about his creation in an interview with Axios. So much so in fact that he concluded, Mark Zuckerberg will probably block his account after reading this.
Former Facebook president Sean Parker hits the company for its effect on society: “God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains” pic.twitter.com/8GI0DykJGB
— Axios (@axios) November 9, 2017
Confirming every ‘big brother’ conspiracy there is about the social media giant, Parker explained how social networks purposely hook users and potentially hurt our brains…
“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, ‘OK. YOU KNOW, YOU WILL BE.’ AND THEN THEY WOULD SAY, ‘NO, NO, NO. I VALUE MY REAL-LIFE INTERACTIONS. I VALUE THE MOMENT. I VALUE PRESENCE. I VALUE INTIMACY.’ AND I WOULD SAY, … ‘WE’LL GET YOU EVENTUALLY.’”
“I DON’T KNOW IF I REALLY UNDERSTOOD THE CONSEQUENCES OF WHAT I WAS SAYING, BECAUSE [OF] THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF A NETWORK WHEN IT GROWS TO A BILLION OR 2 BILLION PEOPLE AND … IT LITERALLY CHANGES YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH SOCIETY, WITH EACH OTHER … IT PROBABLY INTERFERES WITH PRODUCTIVITY IN WEIRD WAYS. GOD ONLY KNOWS WHAT IT’S DOING TO OUR CHILDREN’S BRAINS.”
“THE THOUGHT PROCESS THAT WENT INTO BUILDING THESE APPLICATIONS, FACEBOOK BEING THE FIRST OF THEM, … WAS ALL ABOUT: ‘HOW DO WE CONSUME AS MUCH OF YOUR TIME AND CONSCIOUS ATTENTION AS POSSIBLE?’”
“AND THAT MEANS THAT WE NEED TO SORT OF GIVE YOU A LITTLE DOPAMINE HIT EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE, BECAUSE SOMEONE LIKED OR COMMENTED ON A PHOTO OR A POST OR WHATEVER. AND THAT’S GOING TO GET YOU TO CONTRIBUTE MORE CONTENT, AND THAT’S GOING TO GET YOU … MORE LIKES AND COMMENTS.”