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Sean Parker: Facebook exploits a “vulnerability in human psychology”

Social platforms are casinos, and likes, replies, comments, shares, etc. are the poker chips. We are addicted to social currency on top of our psychological desire to solve for loneliness.

The main reason I blog is to get away from the hyper-activeness and dopamine-hitting fast food of social media, so I can slow down and gather my thoughts.

How often do you get stuck in the ludic loop?

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Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of four books.

7 replies on “Sean Parker: Facebook exploits a “vulnerability in human psychology””

I’ve listened to a couple of TED Talks about this “manipulation” phenomenon. And I read an excellent book called Irresistible, by Adam Atler as recommended by Hayley in her “Just Another Book club,” that goes deeply into these topics. You may like both. It’s an interesting argument– Facebook and other “addictive” social technology aren’t forcing us to do anything, we still have the choice. But, we are victims of our brains helped along by the exploitation of those vulnerabilities by organizations that can’t possibly have souls. It’s a very interesting debate.

Yes, it’s a tug-of-war with the mind. Facebook, the internet, it’s all too good neurologically speaking and bad when it gets in the way of humanness. Since I don’t own a TV, I use it more regularly but I am instilling habits to prevent the stuckness with variable rewards.

Simple things with small wins: leaving the phone outside the bedroom, leaving the phone inside when I go walk the dog and work out. Going analog for at least 30 min/day….

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