Two of Apple’s biggest investors sent an open letter to the tech giant on Saturday urging the company to take prompt action to curb what they see as a growing smartphone addiction among children. Amid numerous reports about a mounting health crisis – both physical and mental – related to the entrancing qualities of smartphones, activist investor Jana Partners LLC and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System have asked Apple to create new ways for parents to restrict children’s access to their iPhones. “There is a developing consensus around the world including Silicon Valley that the potential long-term consequences of new technologies need to be factored in at the outset, and no company can outsource that responsibility,” the letter said. “Apple can play a defining role in signaling to the industry that paying special attention to the health and development of the next generation is both good business and the right thing to do.” The two investors collectively control $2 billion worth of Apple shares. Among their proposals to Apple: establish an expert committee including child development specialists; offer Apple’s vast information to researchers; and enhance mobile device software so that parents have more options to protect their children’s health. The letter cited various studies and surveys on how the heavy usage of smartphones and social media negatively affects children’s mental and physical health. Examples include distractions by digital technologies in the classroom, a decreased ability of students to focus on educational tasks, and higher risks of suicide and depression. The letter from investors comes at a time of mounting criticism about the long-term health impact of heavy usage of smartphones and social media – especially among children. While tech companies like Apple have remained mum about the addictiveness of their products, many Silicon Valley insiders have started to speak openly about the issue.
I think I feel dumber for having read that piece courtesy of the lazy and liberal Associated Press (AP). How on earth is it Apple’s responsibility and/or fault if a kid is addicted to their iPhone?!? Here’s a novel thought… How about parents step up to the plate and be, well.. parents?!! It is the PARENT’S responsibility to ensure their little rug rats are becoming zombies and wasting away their youth with iPhones, XBOXes, and so on. The article suggested that Apple can’t “outsource” the responsibility. Of course it can. It can outsource it right back to the actual responsible parents. Unreal… Anyway, if you wish to read more of this mind-numbing article, and maybe lose a few IQ points in the process, click on the text above.