Apple Needs To Confront Phone Addiction, Says iPhone Co-Creator

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One of the creators of Apple’s most distinctive products — the iPod and iPhone — called out his former company Monday, arguing that it and others in the industry should confront humans’ apparent addictions to technology.

Starting off by sharing an article from The Wall Street Journal titled “iPhones and Children Are a Toxic Pair, Say Two Big Apple Investors,” Tony Fadell, former senior vice president of the iPod division at Apple from 2006 to 2008, went on a tirade on Twitter.

He went step by step for what he thought needed to be done to combat what he deems as fast-growing mental and emotional dependency on electronic devices and online services.

Perhaps most notably, Fadell wasn’t wary of referencing products created and offered by his former place of employment (including his own iPod), in which he was such an integral part of, likely making his argument appear more legitimate.

Fadell did note that he was ranting against technology while also using it.

One tip, provided by a participating Twitter user and supported by Fadell, is placing devices away from the bedroom during sleeping time, especially for children.

And it’s not just Fadell who is worried about the perpetually expanding obsessions with technology. The aforementioned WSJ article describes how two prominent investment entities that have contributed a lot of funding to Apple are investigating the addictive side of iPhones, particularly for youth, and how their use can affect mental health.

Apple did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment by time of publication. Yet, Apple is not the only company to have former higher-ups publicly come out with criticisms.

A number of people with insider information about Facebook have come out in recent months to express their respective, but similar deep-seated concerns with the social media company. Founding President of Facebook Sean Parker said earlier in December he’s worried about the influence of such platforms and their effect on society, including social and productivity aspects.

“You’re exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology,” said Parker. (RELATED: Facebook Hits Back At Former Exec Who Said Company Is ‘Ripping Apart The Social Fabric’ Of Society)

An early investor of Facebook, the former vice president of user growth, a former operations manager, and the creator of the “like” button also shared related sentiments, the executive asserting he felt “tremendous guilt” for his work.


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