Despite building one of the world’s biggest tech companies, Steve Jobs strictly limited his children’s use of technology.
However, despite spending his life creating one of the world’s biggest technology empires, he took a fairly strict view on gadgets when it came to his children.
Writing in the New York Times in 2014, Nick Bilton recalled a conversation he had with the late Apple chief executive (whose birthday is 24 February) after the launch of the first iPad.
Asking whether his children liked the new device, Jobs replied: “They haven’t used it. We limit how much technology our kids use at home.”
Surprisingly, taking this kind of approach is fairly common among powerful people in the tech world, Bilton believes.
Chris Anderson, former editor of Wired magazine and co-founder of drone manufacturer 3D Robotics, told him his children accuse him of being overly concerned about technology, saying none of their friends have the same strict rules when it comes to their gagets.
Anderson said: “That’s because 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.”
Walter Isaacson, the author of Steve Jobs, a biography which last year was adapated into a film starring Michael Fassbender, told Bilton: “Every evening Steve made a point of having dinner at the big long table in their kitchen, discussing books and history and a variety of things.”
“No one ever pulled out an iPad or a computer,” he said. “The kids did not seems addicted at all to devices.”