Folks, we have already had one of the original founders of Facebook admit they use psychological manipulation to addict you -- they manipulate your brain to produce dopamine, which is a drug, and it's addictive. In fact the dopamine system in your brain is why most drugs of abuse are addictive; they tamper with the normal clearing mechanism and thus amplify the normal response to pleasure.
Facebook was designed, on purpose to deliver this same sort of "high" to users and manipulate the delivery of said "high" to get you to come back. That's addiction and it's no accident -- it's intentional and was part of the firm's design.
This addiction was designed for the purpose of making money, which is the exact same motivation -- profit -- that the corner heroin pusher has.
A like or a comment on a post sends users "a little dopamine hit," he said, encouraging them to post again.
"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," he said, according to a transcript of the interview.
The above isn't my allegation it's the bald and direct statement of Sean Parker, founding President of the company.
There is now emerging scientific evidence that this addiction is real and, far worse, it is altering brain chemistry -- that is, it's not "simply psychological" in its effects. This alteration in brain chemistry changes mental function and since it is happening in school-age kids the impact on children and teens is direct and permanent harm to their learning and thus lifetime achievement potential.
Facebook, unsatisfied with addicting adults, is both going after doing the same thing to kids and soliciting their parents as willing and intentional co-conspirators by also soliciting them to hook their children!
In other words Facebook (and other social media) are knowingly tampering with the brain chemistry of children for their own financial benefit and to the direct detriment of said children. And by the way, no, it's not ok for kids 13 years and older either unless of course you think a 13 year old should be able to openly buy alcohol or tobacco.
If you gave your kids alcohol or addictive drugs without a solid clinical reason to do so your ass would go to prison, and rightly so. So would all the pushers of said drugs we could identify.
Where are the handcuffs, indictments, trials, convictions and hangings?
PS: CNBC's reporters have today actually used the word "hook". Just like smoking is perfectly fine for kids too, right?
Oh, you mean it's not?
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