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Facebook Was Built To Exploit You- Sean Parker


Sean Parker, Facebook's founding president who is now the chairman of Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy was at an event in Philadelphia this week to discuss advances in cancer research.

At the event, he managed to make a few comments about building Facebook. His comment certainly wont make Mark very happy.


His comment is not so far from the truth though. Sean Parker explained not in so much words but in effect, how he and other early Facebook builders built the social media platform to "consume so much of your time and attention as much as possible".

He explained the system of posting and receiving likes as “a social-validation feedback loop … exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology.”

Sean Parker enthused: “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".


He continued; “And that’s going to get you to contribute more content, and that’s going to get you … more likes and comments.” He also noted that he and Zuckerberg, and later Instagram’s Kevin Systrom, were very much aware of this and “did it anyway.”

He joked that his comment might prompt Mark Zuckerberg to delete his account on Facebook.

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