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Cellphones, computers and social media have been clinically shown to be highly addictive and all the more so in combination with each other. This is by now pretty obvious to anyone who’s taken a moment to look up from their own phone while in a public space to see everybody else eerily engrossed in their own phones. The dopamine released in the brain while interacting with these devices is the same as that of a hardcore drug addict’s responding to its fix.

Chamath Palihapitiya, a former Vice-President of User Growth at Facebook says he feels “tremendous guilt” over the work he did while there. Speaking at a Stanford Business School event in November he said, “The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops that we have created are destroying how society works. No civil discourse, no cooperation, misinformation, mistruth.

“This is not about Russian ads,” he added, referring to the Russiagate investigation, in which Facebook was accused of allowing Russian advertisers to throw the 2016 Presidential Election (as if!) “This is a global problem. It is eroding the core foundations of how people behave by and between each other.”

Palihapitiya joins a growing chorus of former Facebook executives voicing strong warnings about the platform, including ex-Facebook president Sean Parker, who criticized the way that the company “exploit[s] a vulnerability in human psychology” by creating a “social-validation feedback loop.”

“I can’t control [Facebook],” Palihapitiya said. “I can control my decision, which is that I don’t use [it]. I can control my kids’ decisions, which is that they’re not allowed to use [it].”

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  • Confusing “fake brittle popularity” with truth. Well said Chamath and spot-on. “If you don’t change this you are going to get the same thing over here (in a real world application).” I agree. Further, I’ll go out on a limb here and say that I think we will eventually refer to the Millennials as a lost generation because of their addiction to social media. The change in brain chemistry produced by the addiction is and has been compromising their life’s productivity and their ability to think without feedback. It has kept most of them from having a real life in favor of a popularity fix–and it’s not even real popularity; it’s a dopamine fix. Kudos to those few who are ‘present’ enough to understand this and not get sucked into the pusher man’s world.

    As Dr. Mate pointed out in an earlier video on this site, “there are all kinds of addiction”. Wake up to this point and see the reason you’re addicted. The only step that matters is the first one–put the iPhone down.

  • Well, there was a big bang long ago, which provides scatterted matter all over universe.
    Now, there is happening again a big bang, which provides scattered souls of any human being on earth. All these scattered souls suffer by any kind of emotional pain.
    When it becomes recognesed that the souls are scattered, there is a possibility to find a way to repair and unify these souls again. THIS IS FUSION AND NOT FISSION.
    The universal laws allow it.
    So people are scattered apart and NOT SICK.
    The only sickness, illnes there is the refusing to discover who/what I am.
    Just this is sickness.

    In spite of this scattering impact, there is a secret ongoing impact of repairing, which is ignored by the social media all over the world.
    This is the period of helium, where helium unites.
    Dopamin is not the goal for, it is SEROTONIN.
    SEROTONIN is the only hormon which can not become produced by thechnical instruments.

    There is a self, which is present by self-worth and dignity, which is not hooked inside more or less worth.

  • *Addemdum: Also, what he said about ‘fixing’ the internet and States being involved. Well, fake news and all that. Still useful idiots.

  • So why did they do it if they(the front men, designers) figured out 7 years ago how bad it was? Intelligence was behind this and these designers were the useful idiots. Have they given back all the money they’ve gained from the exploiting? No? Guess it’s just another psyop. The kakistocracy knows it doesn’t matter now that they come forward with what they have done; know it is too late. Learned helplessness once again.

    • John,

      I refuse to see that this has anything to do with intelligence.

      Yes, there is a high qualified intellect producing these scattering and scaring impact on human beings.
      Intelligence produces something new and yet still unknown by intuition in love.
      Intelligence finds new ways of love.

    • A necessary point, “Have they given back all the money…?” We say that hindsight is 20/20 but we can’t even give these guys that much. They knew before they began but took the money anyway. And yes, FB, et al are just control vehicles forwarded by the State.

      But hey, you’re not looking at the upside. We’re all, addicted or not, getting something back from the pusher-man, a creepy android-like US Presidential candidate fix–Zuckerberg! (What a gift, huh?)

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