Technology Use: Less Is More

Technology and its benefits need no introduction. But, overusing it can be counterproductive. In our cover story, we will help you draw that fine line.

By team Parentcircle

How do you feel when your two-year-old opens your phone on her own and swipes it to find her favourite game’s icon? Or when your teenager wins video game after video game? Over the moon, for sure! Yes, we’re all mesmerised by the magic of our children's abilities, but when it comes to technology, less is always more. We are not the only ones saying this – it is also the buzz phrase lately in Silicon Valley, the birthplace of tech. Recently, two of Apple’s key shareholders, who collectively own about $2.5 billion of the company’s shares, urged the iPhone maker to come up with measures to control children’s use of gadgets. In an open letter written by them to the company, they said, "Apple can play a defining role in signalling to the industry that paying special attention to the health and development of the next generation is both good business and the right thing to do.” So, what’s creating this sudden bout of ‘fear’? Are challenges outnumbering benefits of technology for children?

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