因为扎克·伯格认为元宇宙的最终规模会和现在的移动互联网一样大，所以扎克·伯格每年仍在花费数十亿美元为元宇宙开发设备和软件。 Meta旗下的现实实验室（Reality Labs）部门拥有约1.7万名员工，仅在上季度就亏损了近30亿美元。现在扎克·伯格还要面对的问题是，Meta的投资者现在对这样的支出水平感到不安，尤其是这么大量的投资要在多年后才能收到“回报”。
According to foreign media reports, in October last year, Zuckerberg announced to the world that he would fully invest in the Metaverse, with a total investment of $10 billion, and will continue to invest in the next few years. But now, his company’s stock price has been hit hard for several months, and he has gradually stopped sticking to his investment attitude.
Zuckerberg said on Meta’s first-quarter earnings call that Meta will “slow down some of our investments” given “the level of growth we’re seeing in our business right now.” Meta’s first-quarter profit was $7.5 billion, down 21% year over year. Revenue rose 7% to $27.9 billion, the slowest pace since the company went public a decade ago. The target spending range for 2022 was lowered by $3 billion.
Because Zuckerberg believes the metaverse will eventually be as large as the mobile internet today, Zuckerberg is still spending billions of dollars every year developing equipment and software for the metaverse. Meta’s Reality Labs division, which employs about 17,000 people, lost nearly $3 billion in the last quarter alone. The problem for Zuckerberg now is that Meta’s investors are now uncomfortable with this level of spending, especially since such a large investment won’t “return” over many years.