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Sean Parker Says Facebook Was Designed to Be Addictive

Sean Parker Says Facebook Was Designed to Be Addictive

The Facebook founders purposefully created something addictive, according to Sean Parker, the social network's first president.

"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". "It literally changes your relationship with society, with each other", he told newsite Axios. "God only knows what it's doing to our children's brains", he said.

One of the building block decisions of these social media applications was, "How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?", said Parker. 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. ...

"The inventors, creators - it's me, it's Mark, it's Kevin Systrom on Instagram, it's all of these people - understood this consciously", Parker admitted.

Although Facebook is a social networking site, it also has enormous impact as an advertising platform and news distributor, reaching 2 billion people each month.

"We'll get you eventually", Parker recalled.

Facebook didn't respond to a request for comment on Parker's remarks.

A rash of recent studies have found Facebook and other social media impact humans in a myriad of ways, including sexual infidelity, obesity and behaviorial issues, physical intimacy, and even athletic performance.

And what's the payoff for those Silicon Valley elite who made billions off "exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology", as Parker refers to it?

Calling himself "something of a conscientious objector" on social media, Parker said he was anxious about what social networks are doing to children's brains. Now the founder and chair of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, Parker was there to speak about advances in cancer therapies. And we did it anyway.

Flying heaps of criticism land upon Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on a regular basis.

Zuckerberg, who has asked for "forgiveness" for ways his "work was used to divide people", revealed Facebook's new mission statement this past summer. The three tech giants testified in marathon congressional hearings last week over the impact of social networks on last year's U.S. presidential election, and how Russian agents leveraged social media to sow discord among people.

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