"The inventors, creators - it's me, it's Mark [Zuckerberg], it's Kevin Systrom at Instagram, it's all of these people - understood this consciously" he said.
Calling himself "something of a conscientious objector" on social media, Parker said he was anxious about what social networks are doing to children's brains.
The positive reinforcements, in turn, motivate people to post more often, which generates more page views for Facebook and, therefore, more ad revenue for the company. And he added that the initial goals for companies like Facebook, which Parker served as the first president of, were to make sure users spent as much time on their sites as possible.
At 19, Parker co-founded Napster, and five years later he was heading Facebook.
Parker said he would tell early holdouts to the platform that "we'll get you eventually".
"God only knows what it's doing to our children's brains", Parker said.
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Parker, was part of Facebook once, and therefore shares the blame of the social media network's psychological exploits.
It literally changes your relationship with society and with each other, he said, noting that it probably interferes with productivity in weird ways. "I value presence. I value intimacy". You know, you will be.' And then they would say, 'No, no, no.
Parker's comments, though, indicate a far less altruistic objective behind the foundation, creation, and long term operation of Facebook, which now boasts over 2 billion hooked.er.monthly active users.
A view on social media shared not by some uninformed luddite, but by one of the people responsible for building Facebook into the social media titan it is today.
He said that he, Mark Zuckerberg and others understood this, "And we did it anyway". Now he's the founder and chair of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy.
Parker later joked to Axios that Zuckerberg would probably block his account after seeing his comments.
Now, Parker says he is concerned about the "unintended consequences" the social media giant could have on users, especially children.