“God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains,” the former Facebook executive said at a Philadelphia event brokered by Axios about cancer research. Parker, who described himself as a “conscientious objector” to social media, warned about the effects of Facebook on the developing brains of children.
He thinks that the social media website affects productivity in “weird” ways.
Parker recalled that when Facebook was born people objected to the concept, saying that they would not sacrifice their real-life connections for the sake of virtual interactions.
At the time Parker hoped to get those people hooked to the new social media service. He personally admitted that the initial plan was to get as much “conscious attention” and “time” from users as possible. More than a decade later, that plan turned into reality.
Social Validation Feedback Loop Getting People Hooked
This mindset led to the hunt for social-validation online through positive comments and likes which indeed got people spending more time on the site than on any other website since the Internet’s creation.
Parker admitted Thursday that the “social-validation feedback loop” is based on taking advantage of a vulnerability in human psyche. He also disclosed that the Instagram father Kevin Systrom and Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg were fully aware of the issue and exploited it to their interests.
Parker acknowledged that the social media platform he helped create, is a form of addiction, but a very subtle one. People get instant gratification through feedback from their peers and they come back for more.
Even though the site literally gets people hooked, it is not illegal in most countries. The site’s now boasts 2.07 billion monthly active users worldwide, but no government flagged it as a source of addiction.
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