Founding President of Facebook, Sean Parker, stated that he was horrified by the Facebook’s influence on the world. He openly questioned his own decision to help build the social networking platform.
Speaking of his fears, Parker stated that the goal behind building websites like Facebook had been to “consume” people’s time. Parker explained that the website’s creators had anticipated that the only way to make the site successful was by making it addictive.
In an interview with Mike Allen from Axios, Parker stated how the founders of Facebook recognized the public’s need for attention. They, thus, created the idea of likes and comments so that it could give the user what he described as a “little dopamine hit”. The “hit” Parker continued, would encourage a user to contribute more content, which would help them keep receiving attention in the form of likes and comments.
Parker admitted that continued usage of the site was likely to result in deeply disturbing consequences. He bemoaned that he was horrified by what the use could be doing to children’s brains.
Parker’s first dabble in the tech industry involved a file-sharing service he created, called Napster. The service resulted in Parker becoming a success in the industry, it also introduced him to a budding creator who had formed a social networking site.
Parker’s friendship with Zuckerberg was detailed in the 2010 movie called “The Social Network”. The film revealed that it was Parker who pulled the firm into Silicon Valley. He was the one that put Zuckerberg’s big idea in front of wealthy investors.
In the interview, Parker recalled those early days and spoke of how people often approached him, wanting to be on social media. He would always reply that they would soon be.
Speaking of the memory now, Parker stated that he did not truly comprehend the meaning associated with those words. He stated that he did not know exactly what he was saying because the “unintended consequences” related with Facebook were unfathomable.
Parker admitted that Facebook, with its billions of users, had definitely changed the public’s relationships with society. He added that the influence had probably interfered with productivity “in weird ways”.
The Facebook founder also commented on his own usage of the iconic site. He stated that he no longer used social media since it was “too much of a time sink”.
However, he added that he still maintained an active Facebook account.