Add Apple CEO Tim Cook to the list of tech luminaries warning about the potential risks of modern technology. Speaking at a school in England on Friday, Cook said he didn’t want his nephew to use social media. He also argued that the use of tech in schools should be limited. “I don’t have a kid, but I have a nephew that I put some boundaries on,” Cook said. “There are some things that I won’t allow; I don’t want them on a social network.”
He said he didn’t believe in overuse of technology, adding “I’m not a person that says we’ve achieved success if you’re using it all the time. I don’t subscribe to that at all.” And while technology companies such as Apple have for years pushed their products on schools, Cook acknowledged that sometimes an iPad is inappropriate in the classroom.
“There are still concepts that you want to talk about and understand,” he said, according to the Guardian report. “In a course on literature, do I think you should use technology a lot? Probably not.”
In recent months, numerous executives and others in the tech industry have expressed concerns about the effect of technology on society and human minds. Research has pointed to links between mental health and tech usage. Recent studies have found that children who use smartphones for three hours a day or more are much more likely to be suicidal, and that frequent social-media use increased the risk of depression by 27% among eighth-graders. Sean Parker, the first president of Facebook, has charged that social networks are exploiting human “vulnerability,” saying: “God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains.”