Detraction from face to face relationship, reduction of investment in meaningful activities, an increase of sedentary behavior, internet addiction, and so on, all these detrimental outcomes about Facebook is the conclusion from some renowned research. Moreover, the research becomes more credible when Facebook’s founding president sounds the alarm, “God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains”.
worries and criticisms
Sean Parker, Facebook’s founding president, shared his worries and criticisms of the network. He regrets that he’d no idea what he was doing at the time of its creation. In the movie, The Social Network Justin Timberlake played the role of Mr. Parker. Parker said: “The thought process that went into building these applications, Facebook being the first of them, was all about: ‘How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?’”
Watch some parts of the interview here.
social validation feedback loop
According to Parker, Facebook intentionally behaves in a way so that people stay on the site as long as possible. Moreover, he said, it’s a “social validation feedback loop”. He further informed, “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”. Consequently, since it taps our mind to visit the site as frequently as possible, we lose the ability of concentration. In fact, “It probably interferes with productivity in weird ways”.
changes your relationship with society
The effect of this unwanted consequence becomes more alarming when it “grows to a billion or 2 billion people”. “It literally changes your relationship with society, with each other”.
However, Sean Parker still has a Facebook account. And he jokes that Mark Zuckerberg might block him for such a statement against Facebook. Lastly, he concluded, “I use these platforms I just don’t let these use me”.