Is this an American thing or is the diminished sense of responsibility a world-wide thing now? Honestly asking... do people in Europe hold brewers accountable if they have an accident whist drinking, for example? Is this sort of thing becoming common?
Just to offer a counter point, its not *diminished* responsibility but *additional* responsibility across multiple parties.
For example, brewers aren't held responsible but liquor license holders and alcohol servers are held partly responsible if a person is over-served and causes harm.
But excessive phone use and killing someone are very different.
Never understood this argument, what can Apple actually do?
Perhaps a psychological evaluation should be required before a person is allowed to purchase a smartphone to make sure that person doesn't have a predisposition toward addiction.
The term “couch potato” was around long before smartphones were a thing and I don’t remember calls for TVs to tell people how long they had been sitting in front of one.
Everyone is addicted to something.
I'm surprised everyone here is so defensive that they miss the point of the message. I'm completely on board with the premise of personal responsibility, and I don't believe Apple is the only company that should be looking into it. However, knowledge is power, and arming consumers with relevant information in a convenient format will help their role with the personal responsibility bit.
The healthy eating analogy is somewhat appropriate, as even the most well meaning individuals will fail if not given proper tools to track and measure their eating/activity habits. The success of nutrition and fitness apps is testimant to this.
ireland said:If we live in a world where everyone is staring at their phone the whole time while others around them stare at theirs, we certainly lose a vital part of what it means to be human. Human touch, genuine human connection, cannot be had through the internet in a way you get from another person in the flesh.
Another thing I've seen a lot is teenagers needing to pull out their phones because they cannot stand being uncomfortable. It does make one wonder where this goes taken to the extreme.