Debate has rules. And points. And scores. And judges. Good debaters can argue multiple sides of the same issue. Dig around the techno-gadget website arena and you’ll find some headlines that can be ripped and twisted and turned back around to mean anything.
What does Apple do? The company makes hardware and backs it up with Services and Wearables (accessories). Move along, right? Nothing new to see here, right? Yet, Apple is now into content in a big way. Apple News+. Apple TV+. Apple Arcade.
So, let’s see the flip flop. Charlie Sorrel:
How to stop your kids from wasting their lives on Apple Arcade
The implications are strong in that headline.
First, Sorrel thinks Apple Arcade is a waste of your kids’ life. It might help credibility if Sorrel had already spent a week with Apple Arcade but that didn’t happen.
Second, always start a debate with something positive, then tear it down.
For just $5 per month, everyone in your family gets unlimited access to dozens of exclusive games (with a free month-long trial to check it out).
Sounds good so far, right? Good price. Good selection of games.
Even better for parents, there are no in-app purchases in Apple Arcade, so your kids won’t be begging you to buy more coins or whatever every five minutes.
There seems to be much to like with Apple Arcade. Reviews are good. It is a subscription but vastly more affordable than the never-ending app subscriptions treadmill.
Kids will love it. Parents will love it.
However, they can still spend way too much time on games when they should be out playing with kilometer-zero, organic wooden toys, or pretending that old washing machine delivery box is a panic room.
Oh please. Gimme the break that never was. Can kids do both? Who’s in charge? Parents? Or, kids? Or, is it Apple?
You. The parent. Or, you, the guardian of your App Store account.
First things first. Wasting a life on Apple Arcade is a parental issue. Games can be a waste of time if overused, or if the games are a crappy and expensive experience with 1,582 levels, each at 99-cents.
So, let’s flip flop that argument to see how it looks and feels on the other side?
How To Save Time By Ignoring Anti-Apple Screeds
All that’s required is to publish a list of websites that devote more time to clickbait, linkbait headlines than red, white, and true blue technology analysis. Sorrel’s website calls itself Cult of Mac, but the headlines read more like Cupertino Contrarian.
Does Apple want you to waste your life using Apple gear? Does Cult of Mac want you to read all their articles? Even ones like that?
Apple Inc is a for-profit company but a responsible netizen. Certainly more so than Google or Facebook; and Apple employs less sleight of hand than many technology-oriented websites.
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With Screen Time and Apple Arcade, you can be sure your kids aren’t getting up to anything bad. Also, take a look around inside the Screen Time settings, because there’s a lot in there. If your kids are young, for example, you may want to restrict the kinds of stuff they see, using age limits.
Instead of assuming that Apple Arcade will waste your kids’ life, look at how Apple provides tools for parents to help their children with appropriate online activities.