Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is urging us to strengthen our friendships, as the company bubbles over 1.86 billion users.
“We take this moment to reflect on friendship and bringing people together. The world needs more of that right now,” Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post on Friends Day, Saturday, February 4.
The multi-billionaire founder has also outlined his plans to “help people come together”.
They include the need for communities, safety, an informed society and civic engagement.
Why these ideas? In brief, Zuckerberg wrote:
Communities: “They provide us with a sense of purpose and hope, knowing we are part of something bigger than ourselves.”
Safety: “There is more we can all do to help keep our community safe — to prevent disasters, help during them or rebuild afterwards.”
Informed society: “Giving everyone a voice increases diversity of perspectives, but there is more we can do to build a shared perspective — to reduce polarization, sensationalism and misinformation.”
Civic engagement: “Our community has helped millions of people vote, connect with elected leaders, and march to demonstrate their values.”
Zuckerberg ended his status optimistically hoping Facebook users would take a minute and reach out to someone, no matter where they are, and “tell them how much they mean to you”.
“I’m grateful for every person who has been a part of this journey and cares as much as I do about connecting people,” he said.