Smartphone addiction is getting out of hand, according to the head of a company that’s made a fortune on smartphones.
Apple Inc. AAPL, +2.26% Chief Executive Tim Cook weighed in on excessive smartphone usage and other topics Monday, at Fortune Magazine’s CEO Initiative event in San Francisco.
Cook said that “some” users are spending too much time on their phones and other devices, which was “never” Apple’s intention.
“We want people to be empowered from [their phones] and do things they couldn’t do otherwise. But if you spend all your time on your phone, then you are spending too much time,” Cook said.
Apple faced calls from activist investors earlier this year that urged the company to consider the effects of smartphone usage and screen time on children. Jana Partners and the California State Teachers Retirement System issued an open letter to Apple in January in which they said that “for at least some of the most frequent young users,” the ubiquity of Apple products and social media “may be having unintentional negative consequences.”