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Tech Gist: Man who invented the ‘Like’ button deletes Facebook app over fear of addiction


* Former Facebook software engineer has banned himself from using mobile apps

* He has also blocked himself from Snapchat and set up a system that prevents him from downloading apps to his iPhone because he fears he could get addicted to them


Ten years after developing the iconic ‘Like’ button on Facebook, Justin Rosenstein has turned his back on social apps altogether.

The former Facebook software engineer who developed the feature as a way of helping users rate the popularity of their post, has banned himself from the use of apps, because he fears he could get addicted to them.

The 34-year-old has blocked himself from Snapchat and Reddit, and even imposed a strict time-limit on his use of Facebook.

Mr Rosenstein who uses an iPhone, has had a feature installed on his phone that prevents him from downloading any app at all.

In an interview with Guardian, Rosenstein said: “It is very common for humans to develop things with the best intentions and for them to have unintended, negative consequences.

“Everyone is distracted, all of the time.

“One reason I think it is particularly important for us to talk about this now is that we may be the last generation that remembers life before.

“If we only care about profit maximisation, we will go rapidly into dystopia.”

study carried out in 2016 found that the more time young adults spend on social media, the more likely they are to become depressed. The study found that those who checked their apps most regularly were 2.7 times more likely to develop it that those who checked least often.

It is also feared that apps may limit the ability to focus and potentially lower IQ.

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