Jerry Seinfeld Explains Why People Love Facebook, Ten Years Before It Existed

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Facebook came on the scene in 2004, but Jerry Seinfeld identified the website’s addictive power a decade earlier.

Facebook came on the scene in 2004, but Jerry Seinfeld identified the website’s addictive power a decade earlier.

For those of you born around the time that this video was made, mobile phones used to be rare, expensive and the size of a shoebox, so most people just had a phone at home with an answering machine to collect voice mail while they were out. And thanks for making me feel old for having to explain that.

“People need that. It’s very important for human beings to feel we are popular and well-liked amongst a large group of people we don’t care for.”

Those words were sort of true of the answering machine phenomenon, but they apply perfectly to Facebook. Sure, it’s a way to stay in touch and see what people are talking about. But it’s also a way to get affirmation from a conglomeration of people from different parts of your life, most of whom you’re not really in touch with anymore.

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