Steve Jobs wouldnt, and for good reason too.
In a Sunday article, New York Times reporter Nick Bilton said he once assumingly asked Jobs, So your kids must love the iPad?
They havent used it. We limit how much technology our kids use at home.
There is a quote that was highlighted in The Times by Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics and a father of five. He explains what drives those who work in tech to keep it from their kids.
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… Thats because we have seen the dangers of technology firsthand. Ive seen it in myself, I dont want to see that happen to my kids.
If our current addictions to our iPhones and other tech is any indication, we may be setting up our children for incomplete, handicapped lives devoid of imagination, creativity and wonder when we hook them onto technology at an early age. We were the last generation to play outside precisely because we didnt have smartphones and laptops. We learned from movement, hands-on interaction, and we absorbed information through books and socialization with other humans as opposed to a Google search.
Learning in different ways has helped us become more well-rounded individuals so, should we be more worried that we are robbing our children of the ability to Snapchat and play Candy Crush all day if we dont hand them a smartphone, or should we be more worried that we would be robbing them of a healthier, less dependent development if we do hand them a smartphone? I think Steve Jobs had it right in regard to his kids.
So the next time you think about how you will raise your kids, you may want to (highly) consider not giving them whatever fancy tech well have while they are growing up. Play outside with them and surround them with nature; they might hate you, but they will absolutely thank you for it later, because Im willing to bet thats exactly how many of us feel about it now that we are older.
Source: Real Farmacy