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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biker_trash's picture

You are correct if your'e talking about American kids. However its still growing internationally.

insanelysane's picture

50 year olds are looking at their phones because there jobs demand it.

21 years olds, well it's tough to wait on people and be on the phone at the same time.

VWAndy's picture

 An that guy has them dead on the inside eyes too. Its wierd. Somethin aint right in these people!

NumbersUsa's picture

yes, starting to pick up on that too. Its seems to be an uncanny probable predictor of sorts.

VWAndy's picture

 It creeps me out. Lois Lerner for instance just completely dead on the inside. Mccain too.

GoyimUprising's picture

They are psychopathic pedophiles.

VWAndy's picture

 Dont know just what it is but its somthin

amadeus39's picture

Can you be a pedophile without being a psychopath?


moonmac's picture

I’d of shot my parents if they put all my sporting events and activities on Fakebook. Posting 5-10 pictures each game times 25 gets a little ridiculous folks! Just because you spend $7,500 a season and 300 hours in traveling to games doesn’t mean little Johnny is any good. My friend’s parents wouldn’t spend $75 on their kids for Little League. They grew up not expecting much. Today’s kids expect a National Championship. Now every kid has one there’s so many separate leagues.

wholy1's picture

yo Sean, been a long time/road since Napster days, huh?  I hereby declare you to be "FULLY REDEEMED"  Welcome to the "[still productive] Deplorables".  Now, put your money to the mouth and start establishing "wild-child refuges" on rural, arable parcels of dirt where children and parents can BOTH mature/learn/experience away from DUMBphones, social media, gov-programming (once "public education"), vaccines, processed "foods".  A place where there is an emphasis on GARDENING, animal husbandry, formal communication skills, historical context, debate, parlimentary procedure, foreign language, literature, non-impact physical activities, theater and music in addition to math, science etc.

Mr Perspective's picture

"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...."

"It's a social-validation feedback loop"

Don't think you are immune to this paradigm when you post here. It's all designed to distract.

GeezerGeek's picture

I rarely revisit earlier posts I've made for the very reason that it could interfere with what I'd otherwise say. Seeing if people approve or disapprove of what I say might be a deterrent to saying certain things. But yes, it's nice to be appreciated, even if only expressed through up-votes.

GeoffreyT's picture

I was with you up to here ->

But yes, it's nice to be appreciated, even if only expressed through up-votes

See, that is something that I just don't understand (then again I can do a spectacularly good impression of a full-blown Ass-burger).

I enjoy boisterous argument and having points of view challenged, but I'm just not wired to give a fuck if somebody likes or dislikes my point of view (that's even true of my parents - and they are numbers 2 and 3 of the 7 most important people in the world to me [I'm at #1 of course]).

I have a pretty 'math-y' view of the world:

  • if something's right, then it doesn't need someone to put a tick next to the answer, and a hundred crosses don't make the answer wrong.
  • if something's contentious, then you will never, ever get to the right answer by accepting the opinion of the crowd, because the crowd if full of fucking retards who can barely read and can't add fractions. You will often get a hint towards the right answer from someone with whom you disagree violently and vehemently;
  • people know (internally) whether they're actually right or whether the isue is contentious: whether they admit that openly is a different thing entirely.
  • I am far more aggressive when I know I'm right, than when I just have a strongly-held opinion about something that's clearly contrentious - and I try to be honest with myself as to which bucket I'm pissing in at the time.

Bill Burr's standup gives a superb encapsulation of my worldview. I've been wired like this my whole life, but the first time I realised how profoundly different that is from 'normal' was when I watched "You People Are All The Same", "Walk It Off" and "Let It Go" and laughed my fucking ass off.

amadeus39's picture

Be careful. Excessive pride in being different is often seen as arrogance.

NumbersUsa's picture

Distract from what?

Please give your Top 5 ( what they are distracting us from items)






Be Dreadfully Honest.  

GodSpeed_00's picture


Self Improvement



Constructive Projects/Hobbies

Constructive Socializing

Individual Thought

Curiosity/Investigation of the Social and Economic Construct of the world we live in


Want more?

NumbersUsa's picture

A superb and definitive list GS, Thank you.

I thought possibly that Mr.P had a particular "whom" in mind and was inviting him to expand on his "distract" thoughts.


GodSpeed_00's picture

They think they are Gods. If you use Facebook then fuck you. You're a part of the problem.

amadeus39's picture

Wrong. Absolutely the most convenient and cost effective way to communicate with family and friends. It appears that ZH members have neither.


CultiVader's picture

Not exactly making any friends here today, are you?

amadeus39's picture

Thoughtlless twits I can do without.


headless blogger's picture

Jesus Christ. scary.

MadRunner's picture

Kids don't use Facebook. They use Instagram and Snapchat.

Last of the Middle Class's picture

fb plays to least common denominator like politicians do to garner votes. It's designed to be reward system for the less than well endowed, intellectually. I check it once or twice a week and always come away bored, like "I love Lucy" reruns. Anything that rises to the level of intellectual conversation nearing critical thinking, especially as it relates to our society as a whole, is , ironically, immediately banned. fb is nothing more than spoon fed CNN propaganda for nitwits. You post and some other nitwit connects and give you a "like" thereby enforcing your complete inability to draw any rational conclusion from our social dilemma, much less attain even a modicum of self-respect and responsibly as a social being in our society. The whole game is to reinforce the lowest possible common denominator in society thereby ensuring it's own self perpetuation. It is not a thinking persons tool, in fact just the opposite. "Life for dummies" Log on and let us do the thinking with our social agenda spoon fed into your stupid non thinking brain.

amadeus39's picture

You need to lighten up. Navel gazing is a disease of an affluent society. I predict there will be an AF (After Facebook) historical period and it might be quite wonderful , brave and new.


shimmy's picture

Pretty easy to see what it is doing (well, helping) to young brains as seen by the snowflake insanity that now exists. 

PrivetHedge's picture

Facebook is all about censorship, shadow banning and banning people with the 'wrong' opinions, observations and facts.

Once I ran into this it was useless so simply stopped using it. Saved a HUGE amount of time. 

Village-idiot's picture

Yes, but for someone younger and more impressionable, the banning acts as a subtle form of peer-pressure.

This gives you a subtle form of mental conditioning (call it brain-washing).

If I had children there's no way in Hell I'd allow them to use it. 

FredGSanford.'s picture

All this stuff , FB , Snapchat , Twitter , all of it is bad. We won’t know how bad for a few years.

litemine's picture

I believe there was a demographic of 13-25 year olds (1930 till 2010) which focused on driving/owning a car, rent, job, school.

Then compare to usages of same age group with their time usage including socializing

(phone time/email/text and computer) vs other major items similar criteria such as sports, music, travel,incarseration.

Heard the changes are obvious.

tahoebumsmith's picture

Can you hear the sucking sound? The FANGS
sucking every last drop of moral blood
out of society.. Keep the Ponzi Alive

Panic Mode's picture


Proud not to have an account. My son is not bothered to have an account, even if he does, I won't let him.

CosmicSauce's picture

The wealthy will all be dead in less than 8 years...

Look at the Saudi regime change. Kill the wealthy, take their wealth.

They are showing us the solution.

Village-idiot's picture

TPTB will only confiscate from those who do not play the "game".

Look how they treat Trump, he doesn't play their "game", he's an outsider.

Look how they treat the Clintons and the Hollywood degenerates; they are insiders.

Those Saudis who have been arrested are possibly crooks but there are probably others, just as bad, or worse. 

DollarMenu's picture

Those Saudis were the ones funding the Clintons and Podesta and all the other disruptives.

Saudi owned more of twitter than the founder, saudi owned the top floors of Las Vegas Mandaly,

The Saudi money has fueled more shitmongering than can be listed.

That Saudi money flow has been turned off.

Now the scum has to root around in garbage for their supper.

There will be perp walks.

GoyimUprising's picture

This is my plan. To kill the pedo elite and take their shit. I'm saving for a dual sport motorcycle and should be ready by next Summer. The future looks bright!

amadeus39's picture

Kill the wealthy?  If you envy the wealthy so much that you want to kill them, you need to seek admittance. It's not their fault that they have a lot of money. We are all victims to some degree. 


Dg4884's picture

I have never (ever) used fagbook.  We have 3 kids who are teenagers and they don't use fagbook or twatter.  Mom and Dad are in charge of our family.   

litemine's picture

I don't know, but having an account, even dorment one could be wise.

Knowing how to use it,

well I have no comment.

amadeus39's picture

It is a cheap way to stay connected to those you love. I gather from ZHer's replies that few here have many friends or loved ones. So sad.


amadeus39's picture

A perfect example of a thoughtless, ad hominem reply.


amadeus39's picture

Frugal is the more accurate word.


Bopper09's picture

People still use facebook?  Brainless.

desertboy's picture

"The thought process that went into building these applications, Facebook being the first of them"


Please stop pretending to have invented something new.  You were well-connected, and were given a mysteriously large investment up front (not in the movie, BTW).

Jolt's picture

Once upon a time there was a puffy, dough-like, over-compensated, psychopathic billionaire who thought he could live to 160, but was tarred and feathered before his 40th birthday and was buried in an unmarked swamp.

And everybody lived happily ever after.

Shue's picture

Why do people need all those superficial social media is beyond me.