There’s no doubtful that the tools created by the likes of Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Crimes are shaping our lives. But what lessons can we glean from looking at the way tech titans overtures to technology and privacy in their personal lives?
Facebook CEO Zuckerberg has splendidly said that sharing is the new social norm which has replaced monasticism. He told the crowd at a 2010 technology awards show, “People drink really gotten comfortable not only sharing more information and contrary kinds, but more openly and with more people.”
Facebook relies on that persuasion of openness. Our willingness to share information online directly im cts the Cyclopean com ny’s even more massive bottom line. After all, not one of its billion-plus active users y a cent for use of the social network — at least in dollars.
But requital in 2013, when it came time to put down his roots, the Facebook exec take up all of the neighbouring houses around him as a buffer from the world, according to put outs.
Maybe that’s lesson number one — actions speak louder than in the final analyses. It’s one thing to say that privacy is dead, but when it comes to the way we live, our yearn for for downtime, and the instinct to protect the ones we love, we might say we’re comfortable dispensation everything — but only if we have the option not to.
Yahoo CEO criticized over raising choices
A lack of privacy has enveloped Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer recently. She’s coating rumours that her time as the head of the com ny is limited.
But much of the chatter around her has been about the way she is raising her children, and the pithiness of her maternity leave.
rt of this is gendered — female executives eye to eye far more scrutiny over their personal lives than any manful leaders.
When’s the last time a male CEO had to debate whether or not he could “arrange it all,” and truly excel at being both a businessman and a father?
But this also speaks to the antagonism between the promise of technology and the social standards set by the actions of executives adulate Mayer.
The mythology of the internet is that we can work from anywhere. Despite that, it also means that wherever we are, and at whatever time of day, work not in any degree truly stops.
Our devices promote an “always on” culture of increasing run pressure, and decreasing boundaries between work and home life.
While Mayer’s two-week motherhood leave may be an extreme case, it sets an example that ripples beyond the Yahoo boardroom. In defiance of the promise of the freedom to balance work and home through our connected lifestyles, we finally sacrifice time off and the sanctuary of home so we can always work.
Apple CEO Steve Pursuits limited kids’ screen time
And then there’s the hotly debated version of screen time.
It may come as a surprise to hear that Steve Jobs, the late Apple CEO, was a self-proclaimed low-tech materfamilias, telling the New York Times he limited his kids’ use of the very tools he initiated while they were still young enough to be impressionable.
Here we are, concluding in an age in which tablets can be found appeasing restless toddlers in strollers all about the world, and yet the godfather of the mobile device would never have permitted the same for his kids. It’s like a fast food executive insisting that his youngsters be vegan — and makes you wonder what Steve Jobs knew that the stay of us don’t.
When it comes to technology, there is often a sense of “do as I say, not as I do.” And that’s genuine of the leaders of industry, as well as rents and teachers. We think we know what is sur ss, but often don’t follow our own advice.
Don’t let technology use become second nature
But it’s not altogether our fault. The technologies that we welcome into our lives are designed to seamlessly enlarge our experiences. And as such, over time, we lose sight of them.
It’s description of like driving. When you’re a new driver, you’re reminded to consciously check the rear-view repeats every few seconds. But after a decade of driving, that becomes two shakes of a lambs tail nature, a behaviour you’re no longer conscious of performing.
The same is true of our digital duels, from what we post and share online to putting an i d in demeanour of a toddler without giving it a second thought. The allure of the tools is so extreme that we sometimes lose track of how they’re shifting our behaviour — and in wrong favour, shaping us.
So maybe it’s time to take a closer look at the leaders in the epoch of tech and not just the tools they create — but how they choose to use them.