Current “social interaction technology” (like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) were designed around psychologically recognized principles of addiction according to some of the people involved.
These programs (and video games) are intentionally designed to provide consumers dopamine hits that keep the “users” coming back for more.
“We live in a world now where it’s easy to confuse truth and popularity. And you can use money to amplify whatever you believe–and get people to believe that what is popular is now truthful, and what is not popular is not truthful.”
“I think that the tools that have been created today are starting to erode the social fabric…”
Chamath Palihapitiya, one of Facebook’s original executives