Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg on love, loss and encyclopaedias

Ever been met with blank looks when you’ve told someone under the age of 18 to look it up in an encyclopedia ? Well Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook and former vice president of Google, certainly has – which some might consider somewhat fitting. She tells today’s edition of Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs that her teenage son and daughter had no idea what one is or what it was for. “Google was trying to organise information. You weren’t going to go to the library anymore. I’ve tried to explain to my children what an encyclopedia is and that you wouldn’t have every question answered immediately – they don’t even understand it,” she says. Ms Sandberg also tells how she used Facebook to try to cope with the profound grief she felt at losing her husband Dave Goldberg in May 2015 following a heart arrhythmia while the couple were on holiday in Mexico in 2015. She says: “I felt so isolated and so alone that I decided to write what I would write as a Facebook post if I were going to be honest about how I felt to the world. I wrote it for myself, I…


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