- Two words: Cambridge Analytica.
Think about it. You don't know for sure if any of these people are actually real. You can become friends with people you will never meet in your life, weird people who you will never see. It's all part of 'the Patriots' plan to control the flow of information. By interacting with these "friends", they can slowly change your mind about things, until you start to see things the way 'the Patriots' want you to. Facebook controls all information. Facebook is the Patriots.
So how could this benefit anyone? Well, say you're a loner Social Darwinist who believes that intellectual progress, such as inventing new things, is impeded more than it is helped by social interaction. Maybe you think talking with people about inane things distracts your thoughts from more important, lofty subjects. So what do you do? You increase people's opportunities to interact with each other through the Internet. Those who love socializing will take those opportunities and spend more time updating their internet status- rather than considering inventing any new devices or even crafting a literary masterpiece. As a result, your own site have less competition from the literary professors.
And not only that, but fellow loner-geniuses also benefit, since their own introversion and gaming tendencies means Facebook has more of an impact on their free time than on that of their more socially-oriented friends and peers. As a result, human progress will slowly come to a halt... But surely they shall come to depend on the introverted 'nerd' who can shun others long enough to focus on his mundane tasks. Human invention will be then considered slowed to a halt.
Society, upon realizing that nothing could be done without these computer nerds, will lift them up and eventually idolize them. Every jock who sneers at a geek will be shunned, children will dream of growing up to lead a computer company pushing yet another exciting new social technology similar to Facebook... And you, Mark Zuckerberg, will be the vanguard of this new generation of popular nerds- as the very website that condemns the socially-inclined masses to inadequacy, brings you the admiration of those same masses...
You'll end up a billionaire with millions of friends, known worldwide, having shaped the very world to your liking.
Bravo, Mr. Zuckerberg. Bravo.