This news is circulating the Net for a day or two. In fact, this situation has been here since … well… since smartphone became mainstream in 2010. We bet that you have seen parents fed their kids with smartphones on the dining table especially at the restaurants. It’s an addiction to parents too in two different ways. First, the smartphone addiction is on adults as well… not only kids but also parents cannot put their phones down. Second, it’s a super great babysitter. No matter which situation you are in, if you wanna keep your kids occupied, just feed them your smartphone… it works EVERY TIME.
Why iPhone is to blame?
Give your 5 year old an android phone and an iPhone (not iPhone X though) and see which one he/she will choose. After awhile, he/she will choose the iPhone every single time. Its simplicity and ease of use dominate the mainstream. That’s why most people use iPhones and that’s why iPhone has been putting under the microscope to blame on the kids iPhone addiction.
Tony Fadell, Co-Creator of the iPhone, Pointing Out the Need of Limit Use of Smartphone
— Tony Fadell (@tfadell) January 8, 2018
Also, on the article posted on FastCompany.com, teenagers are more likely to have “a risk factor” for suicide if they spend three hours a day or more on electronic devices.
A study at the University of San Diego Found,
U.S. teenagers who spend three hours a day or more on electronic devices are 35% more likely to have “a risk factor” for suicide. Kids who spend five hours or more a day are 71% more likely to have the risk factor.
Is Apple the One Who Should Look for Solutions?
Absolutely NOT. Apple isn’t the one to blame. Technology is intending to help us simplify our lives… to get our jobs done in an easier and more convenient way. Apple has done an amazing job on this via the iPhone invention over the years. Think of before the iPhone, … how did you commute if you suddenly needed to go from point A to point B but you didn’t have a car? Think of when you travelled (assuming you are a frequent traveller and you take flights 3 ~ 5 times a week) and needed to pull out your boarding pass? Think of scheduling (reminders) on your phone nowadays? Or … when you were on a 15 hours flight and wanted to read?
Well… there were solutions for all of the above but smartphones (especially iPhone since it’s the first smartphone ever invented) help us get those needs filled… get those jobs done in a much cost-effective, much easier, and much convenient way. So … smartphones, especially smartphone manufacturers, aren’t the ones to be blamed. The users are. Since kids should be protected and also they don’t have the directly access to the smartphones if their guardians don’t give them the access, the guardians (parents) are the ones to blame.
Smartphones and tablets can be a boost for kids creativity development and can nurture kids tech skills. They can be great tools to grow with kids. However, too much of technology interactions is not good. Well… too much of certain things is bad in general. Therefore, … solutions? Parents should stand out and firmly take in control of the situation. Do NOT give your kids smartphones before high school. Seriously, there is no need to give a kindergartener a smartphone. What’s the purpose of that? If they wanna contact you while they are at school, they can ask teachers to do so.
Also, we know it is hard to go out dining with friends or families with kids whose ages are under 7 or even 10. They need constant attentions. However, feeding them with a smartphone or tablet isn’t the solution especially when it becomes an habit… you will not only give them the smartphone access when out dining, you will grand them the permanent access when you all have dinner at home (well… anywhere in fact) as well. So … restricting the use of the smartphone especially when you all are having meals together. It’s a family time and it’s the time to strengthen the family bound, to share your lives with family members, and to enjoy the meals.