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Tech billionaire Peter Thiel says he allows his kids just 1.5 hours of screen time per week

Tech billionaire Peter Thiel says he allows his kids just 1.5 hours of screen time per week
  • Peter Thiel said he only allows his children to use screens for an hour and a half a week.

  • There is a growing effort by US officials to regulate social media use among children.

  • Other tech CEOs, like Evan Spiegel and Sundar Pichai, are also limiting their children’s screen time.

Social media is for you, but not for me. Or my children, says Peter Thiel.

during conversation With the journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin At the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado on Thursday, Thiel, the PayPal co-founder and early outside investor in Facebook, revealed that he doesn’t like his kids to spend a lot of time in front of screens during the week.

Sorkin asked Thiel about the recent announcement by US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy that his office would seek to achieve. Labels on social media platforms And a warning about its dangers to children’s health. It also faces Meta, Facebook’s parent company 33 state lawsuit Some say Facebook and Instagram are bad for young people’s mental health.

Thiel said it was “very easy” to make big tech companies the scapegoat “for all of our problems.” However, he said there was “an interesting critique one could make” about the fact that many social media executives are limiting their children’s screen time.

Thiel said he allows his children only an hour and a half of screen time a week. Thiel’s kids are young — 3 and 5 — so that seems like a reasonable limit. But kids use the internet in Increasingly younger agesurge Worrying about raising a generation of “iPad kids.”

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Thiel isn’t the first tech leader to admit that he strictly limits his kids’ screen time. Evan Spiegel, CEO of Snapchat, said: It also limits He reduced his 8-year-old’s screen time to an hour and a half a week.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai previously said that he did not give his middle school-aged son a cell phone and that all televisions are in his house. Locked by “activation energy” Which makes watching TV not easy to access.

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