Bill Gates and Steve Jobs raised their kids tech free, according to an article written by Entrepreneur Magazine. Let me share something else with you. Bill Gates didn’t give his daughter a smartphone until she was 14 years of age fearing the effects of too much screen time. What I find so ironic is the backlash that sometimes I get for promoting techno moderation in society. Some folks have said to me, “Luis you don’t love technology all the time. Blasphemy!” Isn’t it hypocritical to have created the @escthemachine movement and use technology to spread the movement? Give me a break!
So, Steve Jobs says that it is okay to use computers in moderation but when I say it… many people go crazy on me, especially my own colleagues in my field when I attend certain national media conferences. Maybe I should change my name to Bill Gates and enjoy the perks of being a big celebrity in computing rather than a critic of technology with big aspirations. I kind of like his position. Please call me Bill from now on, okay?
Listen carefully: All this technology isn’t good for you, period. All this fascination with smartphones will only make you more dependent on it. By the way, how much more money have you made because of all of this technology?
Do you remember how fascinated people used to be with cigarettes? The smartphone took the place of cigarettes in this regard with the exception that we are now conditioned to using these tools 24/7. People didn’t use to smoke 24/7, did they? Technology took addiction to a level of conditioning and thats scary.
It is 10:31pm right now and I am receiving text messages non-stop on my iPhone right in front of me. Shouldn’t I have the right to rest from work on a Friday evening prior to homecoming? I need to wake up very early tomorrow and yet… my phone is constantly blinking with new messages. Of course that I choose to ignore these messages but you get the point. Smartphones aren’t always good for us especially because they can be an intrusion in our lives.
I don’t know about you but I like to rest a little bit once in a while, especially on a Friday evening. Back in 2011, I had a different philosophy I must admit. I made technology first above family, making my health third and I paid a high price for it. I got very sick because of technology back then and ended up walking with a golf club as a cane for almost one year because my body was so stressed out. I ended up developing a systemic health problem which lead to an inflammation of my middle ear causing severe dizziness and other heath related side effects. No wonder why the inventors of all of these technologies protect their children or say we should block these technologies from reaching them until a certain age. Good for them! Now that you know this, what are you going to do to protect your kids? I protect my daughter by limiting smartphone use to 1 hour a day. She is only 4 years old, I must add. She doesn’t need to be on that smartphone for long. She needs to learn from daddy about the need to love others, play and treat everyone with respect, not make her life around what is playing on youtube.
I don’t know about you but using these technologies in moderation makes complete sense to me. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs’s kids were sheltered against all this technology but mortals like you and me were not but who said that life is fair? I am pretty proud to have taken a stance against all this non-sense. All this smartphone technology isn’t that great for you, in my opinion. Its side effects are as dangerous as not using them in society today. The answer to all of this is moderation. As I always say, “Use technology in moderation!” It is not complicated.