Facebook’s addictive dopamine hits “exploit a vulnerability in human psychology."

Co-founder admits: ‘God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains’

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Loyal readers know that I’m not a big fan of Facebook.

Besides the obvious privacy issues, I’ve been swayed by the mounting evidence that mental health deteriorates with heavy Facebook “engagement” … and that heavy Facebook engagement is becoming the norm … especially among teens.

So, I wasn’t surprised — but, I was shocked — when Sean Parker – one of Facebook’s co-founders – “unloaded on Facebook” … confirming many suspicions and bluntly admitting that it was all part of a master plan that may have “created a monster”.

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Here are some highlights of Parker’s catharsis (and a link to the chilling video) …

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Sean Parker – Facebook co-founder at Axios:

I’ve become “something of a conscientious objector” on social media.

When people would say ‘I’m not on social media’ … I’d say ‘We’ll get you eventually.’

There was a conscious thought process that went into building Facebook … and getting people hooked on it.

Once somebody lands (on Facebook), all it takes is “a little dopamine hit every once in a while” to keep them engaged … the rush that comes from a “like” or a comment on a picture gets a person hooked.

Background note: In 2005, police found cocaine in a vacation home Parker was renting and he was arrested on suspicion of possession of a schedule 1 substance. He wasn’t charged, but the arrest rattled investors and he resigned shortly after. Source

It becomes a social-validation feedback loop … that “exploits a vulnerability in human psychology”.

“The inventors, creators — me, Mark [Zuckerberg], Kevin Systrom on Instagram, all of us — understood this consciously. And we did it anyway.”

But, I don’t know if we really understood … the unintended consequences of a network that grows to a billion or 2 billion people … it literally changes your relationship with society and with each other.

Now, I’m worried enough that I’m sounding the alarm.

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Parker’s most chilling admission:

“God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains.”

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The couple-minute video is a “must watch”.

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