Psychologists have long noticed the influence of phones on the human brain.
The World Health Organization has also recently recommended that parents should let their children use electronic devices only 1 hour a day. Although a large study has shown that the impact of technology has negligible impact on human health and mental state, another survey shows: the risk of depression among grade students. 8 increased by 27% if they regularly use social networks.
Of course, here we are not discussing the impact of technology as this has been a controversial issue for the past decade, with no end to it.
Educators Joe Clement and Matt Miles co-authored a book about how two billionaires: Bill Gates and Steve Jobs limit the time they use technology when they invent the devices themselves. The authors asked, “What do these rich founders know about their own products and not their customers?”
This is how the Silicon Valley’s great exponents let their children interact with electronic screens, while consuming millions of products around the world:
Bill Gates – one of the most influential technology leaders in the world, has limited the number of devices his children can use at home.
That’s the opposite of Silicon Valley parents limiting their use of electronics more strictly than most other parents, even if they invented the products.
In 2007, Gates, former CEO of Microsoft, decided to limit screen time when his daughter started showing signs of being addicted to a video game. He also did not allow his children to use cell phones until they were 14 years old.
Evan Spiegel – Snapchat limited time phone users
According to a survey by Pew Research Center in 2018, Snapchat is the most popular and popular social platform for young people. But in an interview with the Financial Times, Spiegel revealed that he and his wife only give their children an hour and a half using electronics every week.
Despite being the creator of the iPad, Steve Jobs doesn’t allow his children to use them
Jobs said: “I limit the time I use technology at home.”
In an interview with the New York Times in 2011, he said that his children were not allowed to use the newly released iPad. Jobs said: “I limit the time I use technology at home.”
In a recent interview with Cheddar, Ipod co-creator Tony Fadell said that if Steve Jobs was alive, he would have solved the problem of electronic device abuse. Tony said: “He will tell us we need to do something to change this situation.”
Google parent company Sundar Pichai even regulates watching TV time
Pichai told the New York Times in 2018 that his 11-year-old son does not have a mobile phone and must abide by the television watching time.
Well-known schools in Silicon Valley do not apply technology to teaching
According to the author, most Silicon Valley schools still use traditional teaching methods: blackboard, white chalk and pencil, paper. Instead of learning programming, they are taught soft skills such as collaboration, respect for people, creativity …
However, there is no denying the benefits of technology in life
Despite his children’s limited use of electronic devices, Gates has shown his interest in the effects of device personalization in education. This is probably the greatest concession of this billionaire because he thinks that this is an effective approach when designing the learning path for everyone.
“Personalization is not a measure for all, but it is a step that brings hope to many people to realize their own abilities,” Gates said.
Both authors argued that it was contradictory to Silicon Valley parents limiting the use of electronic devices more strictly than most parents, even though they invented the products. that product.
Clement and Miles said: “If Jobs’ children were still in school age, they would be more exposed to technology than they were when they were growing up.”