- Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke on Friday about overuse
of technology, saying he would not allow his nephew to use
- Cook is the latest in a long list of technology executives
and others in the industry who have expressed concern about the
disadvantages of technological products and services.
- A former Facebook executive recently accused
social networks are "destroying how society works", and the
co-inventor of the iPhone said Apple and other technology companies need
Do more to address the concerns.
Add Apple CEO Tim Cook to the list of technology luminaries that are
warning about the potential risks of modern technology.
Speaking at a school in England on Friday, Cook said he did not
wants his nephew to use social networks,
according to The Guardian . He also argued that the use of
Technology in schools must be limited.
"I do not have a son, but I have a nephew that I put a little
limits, "Cook said, according to The Guardian." There are
some things that I will not allow; I do not want them in a social network
He continued: "I do not believe in excessive use [of technology].
It is not a person who says that we have achieved success if you are using it
all the time … I do not subscribe to that at all. "
And while technology companies like Apple have for years
pushed their products into schools, Cook acknowledged that
Sometimes an iPad is inappropriate in the classroom.
"There are still concepts that you want to talk about and
I understand, "he said, according to the Guardian report. In a
Literature course, do I think I should use technology a lot?
The technology industry is increasingly concerned about what it has built
In recent months, a growing number of technology executives and others
in the industry have expressed concern about the impact of
technology in society and human minds,
how research has pointed out the links between mental health and technology
use . Children who use smartphones for three hours a day or
more are much more likely to be suicidal, and and
eighth grade student
the risk of depression increases by 27% when
They often use social networks.
Sean Parker, the first president of Facebook, accused
that social networks are exploiting human "vulnerability",
warning: "God only knows what he is doing to our children
Chamath Palihapitiya, another former Facebook executive,
he said late last year that social networks are "destroying how
society works, "and said he felt" a tremendous guilt "for what
"In the deep, deep and deep recesses of our mind, we knew
something bad could happen, "Palihapitiya said, although later
he regressed aspects of his observations after they attracted
significant attention from the international media.
And Roger McNamee, an early investor in Facebook and Google, has
He has been increasingly vocal in his criticism of these companies.
"The people who manage Facebook and Google are good people,
Well-intentioned strategies have led to terrible involuntary
he told The Guardian in October . He continued: "The problem is
that there is nothing that companies can do to deal with the damage
unless they abandon their current advertising models. "
Apple itself is scrutinizing
Apple itself has been criticized recently
with respect to how their products affect children. After two important
shareholders publicly raised concerns that children were becoming
addicted to iPhones,
the company promised to introduce new features to help fight the
Meanwhile, Tony Fadell, co-creator of the iPod and iPhone, concentrated
Apple entered with other technological giants when loaded
that the industry was not doing enough to address the technology
"Apple Watches, Google Phones, Facebook, Twitter – have got
so good to get another click, another dopamine
success, "he said in a tweet. Now they have a responsibility and
we need to start helping us track and manage our
addictions in all uses: telephone, laptop, television, etc. "
Cook's steps to limit the use of his nephew's technology resemble
those of other technology executives. Former Microsoft tycoon Bill Gates
She finished her daughter's screen time and refused to let her children
Get smart phones until they were 14 years old. And Steve Jobs, from Cook
predecessor as Apple CEO said right after the iPad was
He forbade his children to use it .
"We limit the amount of technology our children use at home," he said.