It is amazing how many former Facebook employees are coming out and saying that they regret their part in creating the world’s most famous social network. And many other employees and engineers at Google and Twitter reveal second thoughts about intentionally designing platforms that dole out small, dopamine-releasing rewards (likes, comments, retweets, forwards, ect) to keep people essentially addicted to their respective platforms via constant affirmation and affiliation of their ideas and opinions, regardless if the are accurate or not.
The list of people who say they are disconnecting from Facebook and social networks include Justin Rosenstein, inventor of the “Like” button, James Williams, the strategist who built the metrics system for Google’s global search advertising platform, Loren Brichter, creator of Tweetie and the pull to refresh feature, Google design advocate and creator of advocacy group Time Well Spent Tristan Harris.
But the latest ex social media kingpin to speak out against the social network he helped create, Chamath Palihapitiya, reveals in an eye-opening interview how he feels that social networks are destroying the fabric of society. He left the company in 2011, doesn’t use Facebook (“that shit”) anymore, and doesn’t allow his children to use social media either.
Check out the video. It’s sure to bring up that nagging thought – the one that says, “why don’t I unplug from all of these fake friends that I never see in real life, occupy too much of my time, keep me in front of my computer and go outside and make some real analog connections.” AKA get off the grid.
If a good chunk of the bread and butter here at Digit Marketing did not come from Social Media Marketing, we would definitely follow Mr. Palihapitiya’s lead…