IPhone Designer Worried About iPhone Addiction

IPhone Designer Worried About iPhone Addiction

The letter cited multiple studies that show a correlation between increased device use and negative health effects for kids.

Last week, the two groups wrote a letter to Apple's board of directors urging that Apple should consider creating better parental controls for its teen users.

Apple should do more to curb growing smartphone addiction among children, two major investors in the iPhone maker said Monday.

However, the issue of phone addiction among young people has become a growing concern in the United States as parents report their children can not give up their phones.

" 'Digital addictions, ' whether to social media, video games, texting, shopping or pornography, are not official mental disorders listed in the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), and there's a debate among psychologists about whether that should change".

Collectively, Jana and CSTRS own approximately $2 billion in value of shares of Apple. These range from distractions in the classroom and issues around focus on educational tasks to higher risks of suicide and depression.

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Among their proposals to Apple: Establish a committee of experts, including child development specialists; offer Apple's "vast information resources" to researchers; and enhance mobile device software so that parents have more options to protect their children's health.

"We think deeply about how our products are used and the impact they have on users and the people around them", Apple told The Wall Street Journal in a statement.

"It's the beginning of a much bigger conversation about these issues and it's great that shareholders care about it", he said. "We take this responsibility very seriously and we are committed to meeting and exceeding our customers' expectations, especially when it comes to protecting kids". Among other things, he said, Apple can finance independent research on the effects of mobile phone use and pay for public education campaigns that teach parents and kids about responsible technology use.

Apple did not provide a timeline for the release of its updated parental control features.

"The Apple push is a preamble to a new several-billion-dollar fund Jana is seeking to raise this year to target companies it believes can be better corporate citizens". Restrictions also allow parents to set minimum age ratings for content, but this only applies to iTunes Store content, some website filtering, and which apps can be downloaded.

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