Is Apple responsible for smartphone addictions?


In this December 17, 2017, photo, a baby girl plays with a mobile phone while riding in a NY subway.

He said both companies and parents should be monitoring children's smartphone and social media use.

The company also revealed that it's planning new features to make its parental control tools "even more robust".

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.

It added: "We think deeply about how our products are used and the impact they have on users and the people around them".

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He'd like to see Apple implement a tool that would set a "usage curfew" to limit a device's capabilities in the evening when a child should be getting ready for bed.

The latest debate over how much tech companies can prevent addiction was spawned by an open letter sent by New York-based Jana Partners LLC and the California State Teachers' Retirement System, which collectively own US$2 billion of Apple stock. The announcement comes following an open letter written by Apple's, urging the iPhone aggregator to take measures to tackle the "growing public health crisis" of smartphone addiction among youngsters.

Specifically, the company says that it plans extra features and enhancements for iOS parental controls. This statement of company came after a shareholder wrote to Apple regarding the children protection flaws in their devices. In November, a small study presented at the Radiological Society of North America's annual meeting found that teenagers who scored highly on tests created to detect smartphone addiction had chemical imbalances in their brains similar to those seen in people experiencing anxiety and depression. Another study found that young people who are addicted to their smartphones have an imbalance in brain chemicals that could lead to insomnia. The shareholders cited a study that said more than half of the children who spent over five hours a day using their mobile devices were less likely to get seven hours of sleep.

The letter reported that the average American teenager who uses a smartphone receives her first one at age 10 and spends over 4.5 hours a day on it "excluding texting and talking".

The investors say they partnered with a doctor from Boston Children's Hospital, a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and a psychologist at San Diego State University to review evidence that brought them to this conclusion. Recent studies have shown that "pathological" internet use (characterized by behavior that resembles addiction) has been linked to depression in teens and may even shrink gray matter.