- Many titans of the tech world have said they don’t allow their kids to spend a lot of time around technology.
- MIT psychologist and professor Sherry Turkle says it’s because those who spend the most time with tech fully grasp its dark side.
- Kids who spend more time on their phones and on social media tend to face higher risks for depression and suicide.
Technology moguls like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and other high-powered entrepreneurs tend to share similar qualities: persistence, ingenuity, grit, just to name a few. But one of the more surprising traits is the philosophy that kids ought to be raised tech-free.
Gates, for example, didn’t let his kids use cellphones until they were 14. Jobs, the inventor of the iPad, prohibited his own kids from using the tech.
“We limit how much technology our kids use at home,” Jobs told the New York Times in 2011.
Sherry Turkle, an MIT psychologist and author of numerous books on the negative social effects of technology, including “Alone Together” and “Reclaiming Conversation,” has an explanation for this seeming hypocrisy: Those at tech’s bleeding edge know full well how dangerous products can be.
“When people are very sophisticated, they know what not to do,” Turkle told Business Insider.
It’s in these circles, she said, that people more often understand the damage smartphones, social media, and other forms of tech can do, especially to young minds.
Smartphones and other devices can be dangerous in excess
Research has found that an eighth-grader’s risk for depression jumps 27% when he or she frequently uses social media. Kids who use their phones for at least three hours a day are much more likely to be suicidal. Recent research has even found the teen suicide rate in the US now eclipses the homicide Read More Here