Bill Gates barred his kids from using cell phones until they were 14
by Daniel Petrov / Apr 24, 2017, 6:56 AM
We know, we know, it sounds ridiculous that the world's richest man, whose fortune was made in computers and software, hasn't given his kids full access to cell phones until well into their teens, but Bill Gates is no orthodox man.
We don’t have cellphones at the table when we are having a meal, we didn’t give our kids cellphones until they were 14 and they complained other kids got them earlier," revealed Microsoft's founder in a recent interview. Given that his children range in age between 14-20, we'd only wager to guess that the it was the oldest who wasn't having a phone until six years ago, and that was a time when smartphones themselves weren't as appealing as they are in 2017."
Well, the iPhone was going strong at the time, and Samsung had just started on its crusade to battle it out with the Galaxy line, but we can't imagine Bill Gates giving his kids iPhones now, can we? The world's richest man, who has now turned into its greatest philanthropist, seems to be more preoccupied with curing polio and diminishing poverty worldwide, rather than obsessing and commenting over the latest gadgets, and that can only be a good thing. Unless you are one of his kids that hasn't yet turned 14, that is.
source: The Mirror
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Until they were 14?!? Oh yeah...because 14 isn't too young too have a smartphone lol.
posted on Apr 24, 2017, 7:00 AM 3
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Well, Mr Smart, make it till 18, then—you know, it's a ripe age for just about everything—and risk a revolution. . In situations like this, things should be done in moderations and, I think, considering the digital bent of this age, 14 is a good enough age. . Don't be am extremist; learn to strike a balance. There's a color called gray.
posted on Apr 24, 2017, 7:27 AM 5
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Having GPS as a highschool student is actually pretty important...
posted on Apr 24, 2017, 10:48 AM 1
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I didn't use the internet (other than a tease of Prodigy service, as well as an interactive news kiosk at Disney World) until the age of 23. Didn't have my own cell phone until 26 (first smartphone at 32). Of course don't (and will never have) anywhere near the wealth of Bill Gates or his kin.
posted on Apr 24, 2017, 7:22 AM 0
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This is not out of the norm. I didn't have a cell phone until 19 and my first smart phone until 26. And I had to buy them myself, they weren't given to me like so many entitled youth these days. @Cyberchum just because you think anyone who is 6 months older than you is ancient doesn't mean you are all-knowing. Not everyone is spoiled enough to have mommy and daddy buy them everything they want.
posted on Apr 24, 2017, 1:23 PM 0
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I BOUGHT my first phone while I was 16,and my first smartphone at 19. ALL WITH MY SAVINGS. I'm 26 now, though. Sorry to reference your dad, but he probably didn't use a mobile phone before he turned fifty. . My point is that times are changing — whether you accept it or not.
posted on Apr 24, 2017, 1:42 PM 1
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"We know, we know, it sounds ridiculous that the world's richest man, whose fortune was made in computers and software, hasn't given his kids full access to cell phones until well into their teens" Ridiculous? Maybe in that journalist head of yours. I think it's a wise move. They may have gotten a hold of it occasionally like my niese does with my and her parent's phones, but they don't keep it for long...
posted on Apr 24, 2017, 10:11 AM 4
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