Facebook Founder Warns "God Only Knows What It's Doing To Kids' Brains"

Tyler Durden's picture

38-year-old founding president of Facebook, Sean Parker, was uncharacteristically frank about his creation in an interview with Axios. So much so in fact that he concluded, Mark Zuckerberg will probably block his account after reading this.

Confirming every 'big brother' conspiracy there is about the social media giant, Parker explained how social networks purposely hook users and potentially hurt our brains...

"When Facebook was getting going, I had these people who would come up to me and they would say, 'I'm not on social media.' And I would say, 'OK. You know, you will be.' And then they would say, 'No, no, no. I value my real-life interactions. I value the moment. I value presence. I value intimacy.' And I would say, ... 'We'll get you eventually.'"


"I don't know if I really understood the consequences of what I was saying, because [of] the unintended consequences of a network when it grows to a billion or 2 billion people and ... it literally changes your relationship with society, with each other ... It probably interferes with productivity in weird ways. God only knows what it's doing to our children's brains."


"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?'"


"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."


"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."

In this 'confessional', it appears Parker has become "something of a conscientious objector" on social media.

Howeever , as Axios notes, Parker ends with just enough crazy to make you wonder...

"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."

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H. Perowne's picture

This fat fuck will be dead by 65 or so. 

Shitonya Serfs's picture

No. He expects to live to 165.


Anyway, just another FB turd, letting the people know what they're really up to. No one on FB cares.

Bokkenrijder's picture

I also sometimes wonder what ZH does to someone’s brain. Does it make people depressed because of the permanent doom porn overload?

Bokkenrijder's picture

Does ZH make people feel on edge because they permanently expect an imminent financial crash?

Manthong's picture



They are already toast.

Ghost of Porky's picture

165 year old Sean Parker living in his 10 billion dollar fallout shelter eating 3-D printed tofu with his sex robot wife.

Good times.....good times....

wolfnipplechips's picture

P E A K    V I R T U E   S I G N A L I N G

Paul Kersey's picture

Don't we all post on ZH to get validation? I'm not on facebook, because I want as much control as possible as to who has info about my real life. Not that there aren't plenty of ways people can invade our privacy.

hongdo's picture

Post to get validation?  Not really.  I don't know or care who any of you guys are.  Most of my posts are fire and forget.  Venting in a consequencesless environment so I don't have to bore my friends. I do ask a question once in a while but have yet to get any useful answer.  I come here because of the broad range of articles and comments where some are actually very inciteful.  The junk is easy to skip over.

Arnold's picture

I read ZH for the articles.
Did Hongdo mention broads?

God Emperor's picture

Facebook is doing a lot of good for millennials. Helps them feel validated by sharig their nudes.

And not only millennials, Hollywood fame hungry whores also.

Laura Bach Leaked Nude and Blowjob Photos


HardAssets's picture

Meh. If I’m not the one getting it, I couldn’t care less.

hongdo's picture

Looks a little old so I guess she has to be more agressive to compete.

Chief Wonder Bread's picture


Did you mean insightful? May be you did mean inciteful, as in inciting a riot..

jeff montanye's picture

well speaking of inciting a riot, causing four high level investigations, and talk of impeaching the president, there is this insightful analysis of how the two actual stories about russian influence on u.s. elections were paid for by the dnc and hillary clinton and how this indicts the fbi, cia and john brennan personally:


later developed further here:


hongdo's picture

I was sick the day they taught spelling.

hongdo's picture

Thanks white mouse but 42=#NAME?

I did look back.

mccvilb's picture

Inciteful, lol. It is that.

cbxer55's picture

It's hard to get validation off your posts here anyhow. Unless you constantly, day in day out, go to your account and follow yourself to see how anyone may have replied to your comments. Too much trouble. Yeah, fire and forget is the M.O. here. 

nevadan's picture

Some comments do cause quite a stir.  Good insight.

evokanivo's picture

"inciteful" - freudian slip?


EDIT: i am no longer clever. i see the previous replies noting the same thing now ...

old naughty's picture

dup, sorry.


really embarrased, but did not know what happened.

old naughty's picture

glove-fit !


Lets' 4get who's who or from where.
It's only THEM vs US-(evil idiots), no?

As to FB and what-not...they're all in the loop.

fattail's picture

I need a dopamine hit after I see everyone else's vacation photos and how much smarter their kids are than mine.

heyjay's picture

love that freudian slip! inciteful most of the posts are, that's for sure.

Oldwood's picture

Are downvotes a validation?

It seems that the most upvotes are generated by those with the most extreme screams.....and Jew haters.

Hating Jews has a significant validation here....and thinking of more extreme ways to punish them.

Rational debate and disagreement....NOT SO MUCH.

Paul Kersey's picture

Downvotes can also be a form of validation. Negative attention is still attention. However, you are correct about upvotes for jew haters on ZH, but jew haters on Raw Story are seriously downvoted. Americans are tribal, and different blogs attract different tribes. Best to try and read them all if one is to take the public's pulse.

IH8OBAMA's picture

Nailed it.  You just forgot to mention the Russian love on ZH.

Bay of Pigs's picture

For the millionth time, it isn’t the “Jews”.

It is the Zionists and Ashkenazis who call themselves Jews, but are not.

Paul Kersey's picture

Bay, the Ashkenazis are Jews, but they are may not be Hebrews. Dr. David Duke says they are Jews, and believe me, those folks dressed in black, wearing those black hats, living at least ten in a house, multiplying like rabbits and reading their bibles eight hours a day, are some serious Jews.

Lore's picture

Khazars are to Jews what Emos are to Goths: posers.  Or vice versa?  Suppose it's a matter of perspective. 

Me, I identify as Nephilim, with a little Elvish from an uncle that nobody talks about. (Prehensile ears come in handy from time to time, but the wings itch like a SOB when I'm molting.  I'd be a wreck without Lanacane.) 

joak's picture

You may also want to post to confront your opinion and ideas to others and see if they hold water. Now it's not the most common approach, but some people do that :)

Overflow-admin's picture

No. I might be coming soon, but I like moar to lurk than to shitpost.

MAYBE I'm sort of an exception that confirms the rule IDK

Midas's picture

How many years will Steve Jobs make it with his billions?  And yes, that is a rhetorical question.

cynicalskeptic's picture

anyone else wondering how the elites are going to like living underground in their shelters?   what good is immortality of the planet is dead?

IH8OBAMA's picture

Personally, I don't want to live forever.

I just want to be alive TOMORROW.

Squid Viscous's picture

at leas the can have free music from Napster. oh wait.

Winston Churchill's picture

Its a bitch when someone blocks blast door with a bag of quikset.

The $5 cure for $10bn bunkers.