Steve Jobs’ kids, two daughters and a son, grew up in privilege — at least that wouldn’t be a far-fetched assertion, given the late Apple boss’ accumulated wealth from his impact in the tech cosmos. However, here’s a bit of irony: Jobs forbid his kids from using the transformative devices he created. That’s right, to Steve Jobs, the iPhone and iPad were off limits for his children. Imagine that?
According to The Inquisitr, a reporter from the New York Times recalled a time in which he chatted with the former Apple, Inc. visionary, and what he learned from the interview would not have entered the minds of even an intoxicated person, unless you’re Richard Branson, who thinks he invented iTunes and the iPod.
Nick Bilton claims he asked Steve Jobs something of a no-brainer, so he thought.
“So, your kids must love the iPad?”
Jobs response (wait for it):
“They haven’t used it. We limit how much technology our kids use at home.”
Oh me, oh my, right? If you’re wondering what just happened and you’re falling out of your chair, having just dropped your shiny new iPhone, you’re not alone.
Apparently, Steve Jobs is a low-tech parent, who understands the drawbacks to children building a dependency on all forms of technology. It’s a challenge parents have nowadays. In a two-worker household, mom and dad are away from the home most of the time and when they return from a hard day’s work and need some peace and quiet, they prescribe their children tablets, smartphones and video games. And in a single-parent home, it’s worse.
Seema Hingorrany, a clinical psychologist, warns of kids and teens developing iPhone, iPad, Internet and smartphone addiction, among other things.
“The symptoms include changes in mood, preoccupation, inability to control the amount of time you spend on the internet and diminishing social life. ‘It leaves you with depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety. By the time a person realizes it, it’s too late to get rid of the addiction. I have patients eating in front of their laptops. In bizarre cases they have the urge to be online even in the washroom'”
It’s ironic Steve Jobs didn’t let his kids use, rather, overdose on iPads and iPhones. However, it appears to be a common element many Silicon Valley executives share.
CEO of 3D Robotics, Chris Anderson, shares Jobs’ sentiments on parenting and limiting his children’s engagement in electronics. As a father of five, he has a hand on the ins and outs of allowing a child to stuff themselves with tech as if they were at a buffet.
“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.”
Steve Jobs not letting his kids to overuse the iPad and iPhone is a surprise from the grave that has taken many by surprise. But that was his mystique — and what made him one-of-a-kind.