would raise your own children in this day and age (assuming you don't have children already).
Especially with technology, so much has changed since our childhoods in the 90s. Here's one
question: Would you introduce the technological wonder/heroin that is the iPod and iPad to your kids?
Steve Jobs wouldn't, and for good reason too.
In a Sunday article, New York Times reporter Nick Bilton said he once assumingly asked Jobs, “So
your kids must love the iPad?”
Jobs responded: “They haven't used it. We limit how much technology our kids use at home.”
Especially in Silicon Valley, there is actually a trend of tech execs and engineers who shield their
kids from technology. They even send their kids to non-tech schools like the Waldorf School in Los
Altos, where computers aren't found anywhere because they only focus on hands-on learning.
There is a quote that was highlighted in The Times by Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics and a
father of five. He explains what drives those who work in tech to keep it from their kids.
“My kids accuse me and my wife of being fascists and overly concerned about tech, and they say
that none of their friends have the same rules… That's because we have seen the dangers of
technology firsthand. I've seen it in myself, I don't want to see that happen to my kids.”
If our current addictions to our iPhones and other tech is any indication, we may be setting up
children for incomplete, handicapped lives devoid of imagination, creativity and wonder when we
hook them onto technology at an early age. We were the last generation to play outside precisely
because we didn't have smartphones and laptops. We learned from movement, hands-on
interaction, and we absorbed information through books and socialization with other humans as
opposed to a Google search.
Learning in different ways has helped us become more well-rounded individuals — so, should we
be more worried that we are robbing our children of the ability to Snapchat and play “Candy
Crush” all day if we don't hand them a smartphone, or should we more worried that we would be
robbing them of a healthier, less dependent development if we do hand them a smartphone? I
think Steve Jobs had it right in regard to his kids.
So the next time you think about how you will raise your kids, you may want to (highly) consider
not giving them whatever fancy tech we'll have while they are growing up. Play outside with them
and surround them with nature; they might hate you, but they will absolutely thank you for it
later, because I'm willing to bet that's exactly how many of us feel about it now that we are older.
After I Saw This, I Put Down My Phone And Didn't Pick It Up For The Rest Of The Day Scientists
Link Selfies To Narcissism, Addiction & Mental Illness
Credits: SFGate, Next Shark, iClarified
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