For someone who invented social media, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg didn’t come across as a huge fan of the monster he helped create during an excruciating interview with Joe Rogan.
Unlike fellow tech titan Elon Musk, Zuckerberg didn’t allow himself to get too cowardly, smoke marijuana, or do other antics that could have caused Meta’s stock price to plummet. spectacular. Instead, the buttoned-up billionaire tried to play it cool with the controversial UFC commentator and enthusiastically discussed his love of martial arts, especially jujutsu.
Yes, this Silicon Valley entrepreneur told the muscle-bound podcaster that he, too, is driven by physical activity. “I hate sitting at my desk. I feel like if I’m not active, I just waste away,” he said. “My energy level and my mood and the way I interact with the world is based on…it’s so physical. I don’t believe we’re just brains in a body. Our physical being and the our actions there are just as much the experience of being human.
We’ve uncovered some interesting tidbits about Zuckerberg’s life over the past two years. While most of us were stuck in small apartments or houses during the pandemic, he spent much of it on his family ranch in Kauai, Hawaii, where he owns a (controversial) 1,500-acre estate. and clashed with the locals.
“I spent a lot of time in Kauai in the beginning. I really got into surfing and hydrofoil and getting up early and going to do that, and then I was really refreshed for my day of meetings,” he said, “That’s not something I could do in Palo Alto.”
Zuckerberg appeared on Rogan’s show largely to promote the Metaverse, and in doing so, he insisted that the AR and VR technology he is developing can help people move out of big cities that don’t have not “your values”.
“Imagine if you didn’t have to move to a city that doesn’t have your values to be able to take advantage of all the economic opportunities, that would be awesome,” Zuckerberg told Rogan. “So in the future where you can use AR, VR and teleport yourself in the morning to the office and present yourself as a hologram, I think that’s going to be pretty cool, right? It’s going to unlock a lot of economic opportunities, for many people.
But above all, Zuckerberg came across as a man who would rather be left alone to develop new technologies and not be dragged into the problems caused by his own social networks. Indeed, he told Rogan that he didn’t have time to use them. “Me personally, I do so many things that in practice there is no [enough] hours in the day,” he said. “My kids, I haven’t really had to think about it until they’re quite young, six and five years old…I want them to use technology for different things. I teach them to code, that’s an outlet for creativity.
And he told Rogan that social media is good if you use it to “engage with someone” and “build relationships”, but not if “you just sit there and consume stuff”.
He also had shade for Twitter, saying, “I find it hard to spend a lot of time on Twitter without getting too pissed off. On the other hand, I think Instagram is a super positive space. I think some of the criticisms we get there are that it’s very organized and potentially, in some ways, too positive… It’s easy to hang out there and absorb a lot of the positivity.
He also admitted that he dreaded checking his phone in the morning, because of all the headaches the business gave him: “My kind of day is you wake up in the morning, look at my phone, get a million messages that came in, that’s usually not good People save the good things to say to me in person, don’t they? So it’s like, what’s going on going on in the world I have to watch out for? It’s almost like every day you wake up you’re punched in the stomach.
Zuckerberg also admitted that like everyone else, working from home has its own set of challenges for him, including interruptions from his family: “I’ve got this thing where I’ll be in zone flow concentration and my wife will put me down. a basic question and I’ll lose my feed, and from his point of view, that’s okay, but that’s not how it works.
He ended the interview by awkwardly acknowledging that parts of the internet think he might be a robot, after he appeared before Congress in 2018. Rogan told him he doesn’t drink water like a human. normal and invited him to prove he could.
“Senate testimony is not exactly an environment set up to accentuate the humanity of the subject,” Zuckerberg told him. “If you’re up there for six or seven hours, you’re going to make a face worth making a meme out of.”
So no proof yet.
Mark Zuckerberg’s interview with Joe Rogan was excruciating to watch