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09 November 2017, 11:54 | Justin Tyler
Sean Parker: This Is How We Made Facebook Addicts
"God only knows what it's doing to our children's brains", Sean Parker said in the interview published Thursday.
He joked that his comments could get him barred from Facebook.
He added: "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".
Facebook's entire network is built around giving users "a little dopamine hit every once in a while each time someone likes or comments on a photo", Parker said.
Flashing back to when Facebook was just getting going, Parker also said that even if people were against signing up at the beginning because they valued genuine and in-person human interaction, they would eventually cave. And that's going to get you to contribute more content. ... Earlier today, Axios published the highlights of a speech that the site's founding president, Sean Parker, had given at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, about accelerating cancer innovation.
Parker isn't the only ex-Facebooker to raise concerns about the addictive nature of the social network and about tech's psychological and societal effects.
The billionaire entrepreneur and current founder and chair of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy said he was most concerned about how Facebook and other platforms are altering how children and young adults interact on a day-to-day basis.
Many media critics have begun arguing that the business model of Facebook and some other social sites encourages extremism, by creating echo chambers in which ideas spread without being contested, and by rewarding controversial ideas with greater exposure.
"It probably interferes with productivity in weird ways", Parker told Axios.
"I don't know if I really understood the consequences of what I was saying", Parker told Allen, before noting "the unintended consequences" of a network growing to "a billion or two billion people". "And we did it anyway", he said.
Like magicians, social media apps "give people the illusion of free choice while architecting the menu so that they win, no matter what you choose", he wrote.
"For those I hurt this year, I ask forgiveness and I will try to be better", he wrote in a brief post published at the end of Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year for Jewish people.
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