Apple CEO Steve Jobs and his life-long endeavors for creating one of the biggest technology empires has made him a household name after success of devices like iPod, iPad and iPhone.
But to everyone’s surprise, the gadgets created by his firm have not impressed him to a degree that he could let his children use them avidly.
Writing in the New York Times in 2014, Nick Bilton recalled a conversation he had with the late Apple chief executive 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 gadgets.
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.”
It’s possible that Jobs had the same beliefs, especially considering he was famously obsessed with his company’s products, and prone to angry outbursts when problems occurred.
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.