Thursday 19 April 2018

Are we addicted to Facebook? New Irish figures released as part of Sheryl Sandberg's visit here

Sheryl Sandberg poses for a selfie with Irish Independent journalists Emma Jane Hade, left, and Louise Kelly, centre
Sheryl Sandberg poses for a selfie with Irish Independent journalists Emma Jane Hade, left, and Louise Kelly, centre
Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg speaking in Dublin this morning
Sheryl Sandberg onstage with journalist Edel Coffee
Sheryl Sandberg pictured with, from left, Catherine Brandon, Nnenna Ike, Sue Manning and Eimear Stafford
Sheryl Sandberg pictured with those who attended her talk in Dublin
Sheryl Sandberg was speaking in Dublin this morning on ways women are held back through gender biases and how they can work better with men to create a more equal workspace
Sheryl Sandberg
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Denise Calnan and Louise Kelly

How long can you go without checking your Facebook notifications?

The average Irish user logs on to the social networking site a massive 14 times a day.

The social media giant now also reports to have 2.3m monthly active users in Ireland and 1.2bn global users worldwide.

The new figures were announced today as part of Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg’s visit to the website’s headquarters in Dublin.

The Harvard graduate and author of the successful book ‘Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead’ also gave a talk to a mainly-female crowd about her experience in the world of business. 

Attended by a large crowd, Sandberg thanked 'the women, and the men!' who came to the event.

Here are Sheryl Sandberg’s top quotes of the day:

On writing 'Lean In':

'I wanted to tell the women and men the things I wish people had told me about what I was capable of achieving’

On what the book has to say:

‘The book (‘Lean In’) doesn't say you should work all night or women should be like men. What I want is equal opportunity for women to be able to decide to do what they want to do'

On having children:

‘You should be able to have children whenever you want. I had my first child at thirty-four - that was my choice’

On parenting:

‘I think it's funny when fathers say they are 'babysitting' their own kids. Parenting - for either parent - is not a hobby’

On guilt management:

‘Women feel bad, in the workplace or at home with whatever decision they make. Guilt management is as important as time management’

On gender quotas:

‘Gender quotas can be useful. But even with a quota we have to attack the stereotypes’

On choosing a partner:

‘Be picky [about choosing a man]! Cool boys don't change as many nappies’

On women in business:

‘I think it is important to have female leaders in business as well as politics, so I don’t feel the pressure to run for office in America’

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