# The irony that Sean Parker, Facebook's first president, is now "something of a conscientious objector" on social media is certainly not lost.

What may have started as a bit of fun grew unexpectedly, exponentially, with unforeseen consequences. But, the more it grew the more deliberate the intent became.

"It's a social-validation feedback loop ... 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."

When someone like him, who was at the forefront of the whole thing, says:

"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"

then you know you should be concerned!

  1. I've never been able to stomach Facebook. I've created an account a few times but almost immediately deleted it. Something in me just couldn't do it, and the more articles I read like this, the more I know why. The only thing I've done recently on a few networks (and I may do this on Facebook) is create a profile to say I'm not active there but that people can find me on TinyLetter. I ain't jumping back in that polluted water though.
    1. Actually, rereading what I've said, even that (just creating a profile) feels like hypocrisy. I'm not going to do it. I just don't want to support them.