Steve Jobs, the late co-founder and CEO of Apple Inc., was known for presenting the world with the latest and most cutting edge technologies, including the iPhone and the iPad. Now, three years after his death, a New York Times reporter is revealing that Jobs didn’t allow his own children to use his devices.
New York Times reporter Nick Bilton described in his latest article how Jobs surprisingly limited his children’s use to technology.
“They haven’t used it,” Jobs allegedly told Bilton in 2010 after the reporter asked him if his children loved the iPad. “We limit how much technology our kids use at home.”
Bilton explains that he was shocked and confused by Jobs’ answer at first, but goes on to say that he now knows that many leaders in the tech industry have adopted similar philosophies.
“I’m sure I responded with a gasp and dumbfounded silence,” Bilton writes in the article. “I had imagined the Jobs’s household was like a nerd’s paradise: that the walls were giant touch screens, the dining table was made from tiles of iPads and that iPods were handed out to guests like chocolates on a pillow. Nope, Mr. Jobs told me, not even close.”
In addition to Jobs’ family philosophy about technology, Chris Anderson, the former editor of Wired, also adopts a similar point of view.
“My kids accuse me and my wife of being fascists,” said Anderson. “They say that none of their friends have the same rules. That’s because we have seen the dangers of technology first hand. I’ve seen it in myself, I don’t want to see that happen to my kids.”
Reports note that Steve Jobs placed a huge importance on face-to-face interaction with his children and stressed to them the important of books and education.