In what seems like a whole new genre of journalism, the Guardian [ran a piece]((https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/jan/23/never-get-high-on-your-own-supply-why-social-media-bosses-dont-use-social-media) about how executives of these services don’t really use them, don’t let their kids use them, and in some cases, leave the industry out of disgust.
Former vice-president for user growth at Facebook, Chamath Palihapitiya:
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. This is a global problem. It is eroding the core foundations of how people behave by and between each other. I can control my decision, which is that I don’t use that shit. I can control my kids’ decisions, which is that they’re not allowed to use that shit.
“Now watch this drive.”
Most people will read that and feel a sense of horror, hopelessness, and maybe start to rethink their use of social media.
But I have to think there people running holding companies that would kill to be that relevant to to the end of civilization.