Going Over the Limit

A few years ago, a parent explained his kids’ experience with the newly released iPad: “They haven’t used it. We limit how much technology our kids use at home.” It might surprise you to learn that the parent who said that was Steve Jobs. But to many tech entrepreneurs, investors, and journalists, that quote will hardly sound like a revelation. Here’s former Wired editor Chris Anderson: “We have seen the dangers of technology firsthand. I’ve seen it in myself, I don’t want to see that happen to my kids.” As Nick Bilton writes in the NYT, those closest to technology are often those most wary of it. The benefits of technology are countless. But we need to consider the impact of these technologies — especially as we start to wear them on our person — as we move forward. I have seen devices and social networks bring distant people together. I have also seen my daughter kiss my laptop goodnight.

+ “Pens and paper, knitting needles and, occasionally, mud. Not a computer to be found. No screens at all. They are not allowed in the classroom, and the school even frowns on their use at home.” Back in 2011, the NYT’s Matt Richtel talked to the tech execs who send their kids to Waldorf.

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