One of Facebook’s earliest investors and the founding president of the company Sean Parker has said that the app ‘exploits a vulnerability in human psychology’.
Parker says that he and Mark Zuckerberg built Facebook purely to ‘consume people’s time’ – and knew what they were doing.
Speaking at an Axios event in Philadelphia this week, Parker said that Facebook built a ‘social validation feedback loop,’ which exploits a ‘vulnerability in human psychology.’
Parker also said, ‘God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains.’
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg takes a selfie with a group of entrepreneurs (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Parker said, ‘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?”
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‘That means that we need 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.’
‘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. And we did it anyway.’