Linked – Ex-Facebook president Sean Parker: site made to exploit human ‘vulnerability’

It doesn’t matter what Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc, say about what their goals are, they are, and have always been, about getting us to stay on the site and see advertising.

He explained that when Facebook was being developed the objective was: “How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?” It was this mindset that led to the creation of features such as the “like” button that would give users “a little dopamine hit” to encourage them to upload more content.

That doesn’t necessarily mean I’m going to be deleting my accounts. It’s still a valuable tool for keeping in touch with the many people I’ve met and befriended all over the world over the years. But I’m not naive enough to not notice the ways it’s trying to grab my attention away from literally everything else in my life, and make conscious choices about that.


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