Former Facebook President Says Social Media Is 'Exploiting' Human Psychology

Sean Parker Slams Facebook for 'Exploiting a Vulnerability in Human Psychology'

Sean Parker, co-founder of Napster and the founding president of Facebook, is now speaking out against the potential dangers of social media.

But Parker was unaware of the consequences of their social network which would burst into a community of 2 billion users and change the society in ways we can't imagine.

"It probably interferes with productivity in weird ways", he continued.

"God only knows what it's doing to our children's brains", Parker said in an Axios interview published Thursday, Nov. 9.

When helping Facebook get off the ground in 2004, Parker said, he and others involved in the nascent social network thought: "How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?" He said it's all by design, because receiving a "like" or a comment on your post gives you a little hit of dopamine.

"And that's going to get you to contribute more content, and that's going to get you. more likes and comments", said Parker.

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.

Mr Parker became Facebook's first president after making hundreds of millions of dollars from the music-sharing service Napster. "I value presence. I value intimacy.' And I would say, 'We'll get you eventually". "It's a social validation feedback loop".

Now the founder and chair of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, Parker recently put $250 million of his money behind cancer research, making him the largest donor ever to immunotherapy treatment research.

In an interview with Axios' Mike Allen, Parker, who was portrayed in the movie "The Social Network" by Justin Timberlake, said social networks have the power now to alter society and not for the better.

Parker's comments, though revelatory, come off as somewhat ironic, given that he has reaped billions off Facebook from being an early investor.

With all of these highly-revealing comments now available to the public, he joked that Zuckerberg will probably suspend his Facebook account. Yet "we did it anyway". A 2017 study conducted by the Royal Society for Public Health, a United Kingdom -based health charity, found that people who use platforms such as Facebook and Instagram were more likely to have anxiety, depression and sleep issues.

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.

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