MENLO PARK (CBS SF) — Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg offered users a glimpse into his life and a chance to ask him anything with a question & answer session on the social networking site Tuesday.
Zuckerberg answered questions about his work life. He spends 50-60 hours a week working in Facebook’s Menlo Park offices.READ MORE: COVID: Healdsburg Family Leaving California On Cross-Country Trip In Search Of New Home
“That depends on what you count as work. I spend most of my time thinking about how to connect the world and serve our community better, but a lot of that time isn’t in our office or meeting with people or doing what you’d call real work. I take a lot of time just to read and think about things by myself. If you count the time I’m in the office, it’s probably no more than 50-60 hours a week. But if you count all the time I’m focused on our mission, that’s basically my whole life.”
Fellow billionaire Richard Branson dropped in to ask Zuckerberg a question about connecting the rest of the world with the internet.
“Hi Mark. I share your view that it is crucial to connect the two thirds of the world that don’t currently have access to the internet. What do you think will be the biggest benefits of this?”
Zuckerberg responded that the benefits will be many, including access to education and information.
“When we talk about connecting the world, most people talk about the clear benefits to all the people who will get internet access and don’t have it today. Those benefits are many: access to education, health information, jobs and so on. Many people estimate that for every billion people we connect, we’ll raise more than 100 million out of poverty.READ MORE: COVID Vaccine: Santa Clara County Debuts Vaccination Site For Teachers, Education Workers At Fairgrounds
But one thing that we often overlook in this discussion is how everyone who is already connected will benefit from having everyone online.
Think about how many brilliant entrepreneurs there are out there who have great ideas and the will to change the world, but just lack basic tools to do so today. If you go by the population, almost 2/3 of these entrepreneurs don’t have internet access today. Once they get connected, we may have 3x as many good ideas and amazing new services built that will benefit everyone around the world.”
He also answered questions about his personal life. He reads both fiction and non-fiction if you were wondering.
As for Oculus, Zuckerberg thinks it will be an “incredibly powerful as a communication medium.”
“Our mission to give people the power to experience anything. Even if you don’t have the ability to travel somewhere, or to be with someone in person, or even if something is physically impossible to build in our analog world, the goal is to help build a medium that will give you the ability to do all of these things you might not otherwise be able to do. This will be incredibly powerful as a communication medium as well. Just like we capture photos and videos today and then share them on the internet to let others experience them too, we’ll be able to capture whole 3D scenes and create new environments and then share those with people as well. It will be pretty wild.”MORE NEWS: Fremont Police Release Additional Details In Pursuit, Exchange Of Gunfire With Teens Suspected In Home Invasion
Zuckerberg even shared pictures of his dog “Beast.”