Investors Urge Apple To Curb Childhood Social Media Addiction

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In an age where technology is becoming intrinsically connected to every aspect of our lives, some are starting to grow concerned about the increasingly younger age at which we introduce our children to smart phones and gadgets – including two of Apple’s biggest investors.

In a Jan. 6 letter sent to Apple from investors Jana Partners and The California State Teachers’ Retirement System, the shareholders expressed concern over childhood addiction to social media and electronic devices. The two groups urged Apple to offer parents more choices and tools to help ensure that kids use the company’s products in an “optimal manner.”

The letter acknowledged the pervasiveness of Apple products among children and teenagers, and the unintentional negative consequences that may be coming from the omnipresence of social media in young people’s lives.

 

 

The letter likely comes in response to viral videos of a former Facebook vice president who has been vociferous in his regret for the role he played perpetuating social media’s impact on our society. A number of media outlets have posted videos of Chamath Palihapitiya, former VP for user growth at Facebook, for his comments stating that social media is destroying society with dopamine-driven feedback loops.

Jana Partners LLC, a hedge fund started by activist investor Barry Rosenstein, touts itself as being an actively engaged shareholder that specializes in event-driven investing. The California State Teachers’ Retirement System is the largest educator-only pension fund in the world that represents nearly a million public school educators. Together the two investors own a $2 billion stake in Apple.

The investors’ letter to Apple cited a number of statistics showing the negative impact that the role of social media and technology has on youth. It says that in the past 3 to 5 years since personal technology has entered the classroom, 90 percent of teachers said the number of students with emotional challenges has increased and 86 percent of teachers said that the number of students with social challenges has increased.

The letter also pointed to increased rates of depression, sleep deprivation, and suicide risk factors in children and teenagers spending significant time on social media and electronic devices.

In response, Apple has promised to introduce new features and tools to help parents and teachers curb the extensive use and addiction to these technologies.



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By: Marcus and Sheila Gillette  |  July 7th, 2018

The following interview was facilitated by Marcus Gillette and channeled by Sheila Gillette. Sheila acts as a medium for the THEO group, 12 archangelic beings, speaking in one voice, here to be mentors and teachers to humanity. Speaking directly through Sheila, THEO is here to guide humanity during this unprecedented shift to a higher state of consciousness.

 

Marcus: Thank you, THEO. It’s great to have you with us today. What does sacred relationship mean to you?

THEO: It is that fulfillment of sacredness within – that recognition of the divinity that you are, the beauty, the uniqueness of your individuality that which is the light of your soul. It is that sacred aspect of your being… that soul that is connected to God… the God-self.

M: Share with us the importance of the relationship unto the self?

T: As one recognizes that divinity, that uniqueness of the being, then that is what is radiated out into the world from a peaceful place (not an angst, not that projection of fears and angers) that which is the resonance of the wholeness within; meaning, that there has been a satisfaction on all aspects of one’s soul to allow unconditional loving presence.

M: Let’s go a little deeper on manifesting a romantic relationship.

T: Romantic relationships can be attracted from very many ways, and most often there is in romance the attraction first that is a lustful one or an energetic connectivity that allows you to recognize one. There is a resonance. It is much like your auric field combining another. There is a vibration that then sparks a lustfulness that leads to romance, but also that which is romantic has to do with your interactions and your sensitivities to another and that awareness with them and with yourself.

You think alike, and you are alike in many ways, for like attracts like. So, if you are in a relationship that you are viewing something that you feel inappropriate, what inside of you is being mirrored to you? There are many facets to romance; but, first off, it is that magnetism, that hormone-pheromone expression and experience, and then underneath that is the recognition of the soulful connectivity.

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