According to Facebook’s first president, Sean Parker respectively (he’s also a “founding father” of the social media Behemoth) speaking to Axios , the social network is basically built and designed to pray on users’ psychological vulnerabilities. Coming from Facebook’s former president, I’d take that statement to the bank.
Sean Parker explains how Facebook took advantage of the human psyche from its inception, as in it was a feature, not a bug, by exploiting the humans’ need for social validation. Also, it’s quite possible that Facebook is currently re-wiring human brains, and children are especially vulnerable.
As per Sean Parker’s own words, Facebook literally takes advantage of humans’ primal psychological needs, as it exploits a feedback loop every time a user’s content receives shares, likes, comments, thus encouraging the “victim” to “play more”, to use casino lingo.
“And that means that we need to sort of give you a little dopamine hit every once in a while, because someone liked or commented on a photo or a post or whatever. And that’s going to get you to contribute more content, and that’s going to get you … more likes and comments.”
“It’s a social-validation feedback loop … exactly the kind of thing that a hacker like myself would come up with, because you’re exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology.”
While the social media giant’s developers and creators were aware of these things since its inception, they did nothing to mitigate Facebook’s potential to, well, essentially control a person’s mind and world-view via targeted content and all that. Because that was the idea from the beginning, right?
“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. And we did it anyway.”
Parker’s interview ends in a psychopathic note which is striking, to say the least:
“Because I’m a billionaire, I’m going to have access to better health care so … I’m going to be like 160 and I’m going to be part of this, like, class of immortal overlords. [Laughter]
Because, you know the [Warren Buffett] expression about compound interest. … [G]ive us billionaires an extra hundred years and you’ll know what … wealth disparity looks like.“
If it were not Facebook, it would be Disqus, any article on the web with a comment section, cars driving by your house, sex with a woman. All forms of acceptance could be a dopamine trigger and get weak minds to crave attention.
All of this comes from a deep seated insecurity where the weak mind needs attention. Usually because people grew up not getting enough attention when they were children. All of it, based on emotion. Rant over.
Check out the video and see for yourself: