Justin Rosenstein has removed the app from his phone over fears of the psychological effects of social media.
He says “It is very common for humans to develop things with the best intentions and for them to have unintended negative consequences“. The thumbs-up symbol only brings “bright dings of pseudo pleasure“.
The like button was designed to increase your engagement with Facebook while analysing your preferences. Basically companies want your attention and your preferences so they can harvest more data about you to sell to advertisers.
You are making them mega-rich.
Other former employees of high-tech companies have warned about the dangerous effects of the “attention economy”. Being distracted by technology seriously affects people’s ability to focus and also damages relationships.
See my earlier post on this here.