Quoted: Mark Zuckerberg on work-life balance and more

“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.”

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, answers a question about how many hours he works. In an hourlong public Q&A session Tuesday on Facebook, Zuckerberg addressed that and other pressing questions, such as whether the social network could add a sarcasm button.

“Yes, we’ll get right on that. (Smiley face.)”

But in case you didn’t know, he’s into thinking.

“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.

Other topics he chose to answer out of the boatload of questions he received on the thread: Internet.org, net neutrality, education, learning Mandarin (“humbling”), what he reads (some fiction, but mostly non-fiction).

He also addressed net neutrality and how it relates to Internet.org, the Facebook initiative that aims to bring Internet access to mobile users around the world. As we’ve written, Internet.org offers free Internet access to certain parts of the world via an app that some mobile users can use to access Facebook and a limited number of websites.

“I think net neutrality is important to make sure network operators don’t discriminate and limit access to services people want to use, especially in countries where most people are online. For people who are not on the internet though, having some connectivity and some ability to share is always much better than having no ability to connect and share at all. That’s why programs like Internet.org are important and can co-exist with net neutrality regulations.”


Photo of Mark Zuckerberg by Kirstina Sangsahachart/Daily News archives


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