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Monday, 15 September 2014 11:39

Steve Jobs' kids didn't use an iPad


Apple iGod Steve Jobs may have become famous for bringing an iDevice into every household but it's been revealed he wasn't so keen on bringing the gadgets into his own home, at least when it came to his kids.

In a column featured in the The New York Times this week, titled "Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent," reporter Nick Bilton dropped the news that Jobs, who co-founded Apple in 1976 with Steve Wozniak, limited his kids' exposure to technology.

“So, your kids must love the iPad?” he asked Jobs in 2010, the same year the first iPad was introduced.

“They haven’t used it,” Jobs replied. “We limit how much technology our kids use at home.”

Bilton also spoke with Dick Costolo, chief executive of Twitter, who told the reported he and his wife approved of unlimited gadget use but only if their two teenage children were in the living room.

They believe that too many time limits could have adverse effects on their children.

"When I was at the University of Michigan, there was this guy who lived in the dorm next to me, and he had cases and cases of Coca-Cola and other sodas in his room," Costolo said. "I later found out that it was because his parents had never let him have soda when he was growing up. If you don't let your kids have some exposure to this stuff, what problems does it cause later?"

Bilton also spoke with Jobs' biographer, Walter Isaacson, who spent much time at the Jobs family home.

"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," he said. "No one ever pulled out an iPad or computer. The kids did not seem addicted at all to devices."

For more, see the New York Times story here.


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