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Bill Gate and Steve Jobs raised their kids kids tech-free

Steve Jobs was a low-tech parents

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Billionaire tech mogul Bill Gates reveals he banned his children from mobile phones until they turned 14

Why Steve Jobs and Bill Gates Both Severely Limited Their Kids' Tech Use


Taken from Richard Freed's article: The Tech Industry's War on Kids:  Tristan Harris, formerly a design ethicist at Google, has led the way by unmasking the industry’s use of persuasive design. Interviewed in The Economist’s 1843 magazine, he says, “The job of these companies is to hook people, and they do that by hijacking our psychological vulnerabilities.”

Another tech exec raising red flags about his tech industry’s use of mind manipulation is former Facebook president Sean Parker. Interviewed in Axios, he discloses: “The thought process that went into building these applications, Facebook being the first of them… was all about: ‘How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?’” He also said that Facebook exploits “vulnerability in human psychology” and remarked, “God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains.”

Marc Benioff, CEO of the cloud computing company Salesforce, is one of the voices calling for the regulation of social media companies because of their potential to addict children. He says that just as the cigarette industry has been regulated, so too should social media companies. “I think that, for sure, technology has addictive qualities that we have to address, and that product designers are working to make those products more addictive, and we need to rein that back as much as possible,” Benioff told CNBC in January, 2018, while in Davos, Switzerland, site of the World Economic Forum.

As Ramsay Brown, neuroscientist and co-founder of the artificial intelligence company Boundless Mind, says, (in “Time”), “Your kid is not weak-willed because he can’t get off his phone… Your kid’s brain is being engineered to get him to stay on his phone.”

“It is also no secret that social media sites and applications for which the iPhone and iPad are a primary gateway and are usually designed to be as addictive and time-consuming as possible.”
— Jana Partners and California State Teachers’ Retirement System in an open letter to Apple
“The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops that we have created are destroying how society works. No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruth,”
— Chamath Palihapitiya, Former Facebook VP
They haven’t used (iPads). We limit how much technology our kids use at home
— Steve Jobs when asked if his kids love the iPad.
This is not about Russian ads. This is a global problem. It is eroding the core foundations of how people behave by and between each other. I can control my decision, which is that I don’t use that shit. I can control my kids’ decisions, which is that they’re not allowed to use that shit.”
— Chamath Palihapitiya, Former Facebook VP
I spent my career in technology. I wasn’t prepared for its effect on my kids. Phones and apps aren’t good or bad by themselves, but for adolescents who don’t yet have the emotional tools to navigate life’s complications and confusions, they can exacerbate the difficulties of growing up.
— Melinda Gates
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... They’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.
— Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics and father of five.
We don’t have cellphones at the table when we are having a meal, we didn’t give our kids cellphones until they were 14 and they complained other kids got them earlier.
— Bill Gates