He explained that when Facebook was being developed the objective was: “How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?” It was this mindset that led to the creation of features such as the “like” button that would give users “a little dopamine hit” to encourage them to upload more content.
“It’s a social-validation feedback loop … exactly the kind of thing that a hacker like myself would come up with, because you’re exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology.”
Social media like Facebook causes many saints to sin, not least among their transgressions being the waste of time. So many opportunities for study, for evangelism, for edification are lost! So many souls go careening into hell for lack of teaching, because saints are clicking on social media!
Yes, Facebook is but the latest in a long line of time-wasters. But it is one of the most potent, a powerful addiction.
Facebook is not a free service. It is costly. And for some, it may well cost their eternal salvation.
“making the best use of the time, because the days are evil” Eph 5.16 ESV.