Many people today are worried about the growing dependence of youths on digital devices which sometimes borders on addiction.
Surprisingly, one of the founding fathers of the digital revolution, Bill Gates is also worried about this very phenomenon.
The legendary founder of the world’s largest software firm, Microsoft, a company that made him the richest man in the world, has strict rules concerning technology use in his home.
For example in an interview with Mirror, he revealed that he banned his kids from having mobiles until they were 14, and also forbids them using phones at the dinner table. He also limits his youngest child’s screen time before she goes to bed.
“We often set a time after which there is no screen time and in their case that helps them get to sleep at a reasonable hour.
“You’re always looking at how it can be used in a great way – homework and staying in touch with friends – and also where it has gotten to excess.
“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.”
Apart from his kids, despite his wealth, Gates himself has simple tastes, during the interview, he was wearing an £8 (about N3,000) and when asked what he eats, he said: “I’m big on pretty mainstream American hamburgers, McDonald’s, Burger King.”
Bill Gates also stated that for him, spending time with his children was quite important. He says they, and his wife, are key to his happiness, not his wealth.
“Having money doesn’t give you all the answers,” he concluded.
When Fortune released its annual list of World’s 50 greatest leaders, MaDailyGist reported that Bill Gates’ wife, Melinda Gates was on it and this was no surprise.
However, award winning Nigerian Author, Chimamanda Adichie also made it to the list. These 50 great men and women are said to be transforming the world and inspiring others to do the same in business, government, philanthropy and the arts.