After a difficult year for Facebook, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg decided to give up his yearly challenges in favour of longer-term reflection.
Zuckerberg also looked back to his own childhood, reflecting on how social networks need to refocus.
“When I grew up in a small town, it was easy to have a niche and sense of purpose. But with billions of people, it’s harder to find your unique role. For the next decade, some of the most important social infrastructure will help us reconstruct all kinds of smaller communities to give us that sense of intimacy again.
“Our digital social environments will feel very different over the next five-plus years, re-emphasising private interactions and helping us build the smaller communities we need in our lives.”
Traditionally, Mark Zuckerberg takes on a personal challenge at the beginning of each year. In 2018, he promised to “fix important issues” on Facebook; in 2017, he visited and meet people in every state in the US; in 2016 he set out to build an artificial intelligence system in his home; reading two books a month was his 2015 challenge.