Investors want Apple to address iPhone addiction among young people

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Two large investors have urged the smartphone maker, Apple, to take steps to address what they say is a growing problem of young people getting addicted to its iPhones.

Apple Inc shareholders Jana Partners and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), one of the nation’s largest public pension plans, delivered a letter to Apple on Saturday asking the company to consider developing software that would allow parents to limit children’s phone use, the Wall Street Journal reported earlier on Sunday.

Jana, a leading activist shareholder, and CalSTRS, also asked Apple to study the impact of excessive phone use on mental health, according to the publication.

CalSTRS and Apple did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Jana and CalSTRS together control about $2 billion worth of Apple shares, the journal reports.

However, the issue of phone addiction among young people has become a growing concern in the United States as parents report their children cannot give up their phones.

CalSTRS and Jana worry that Apple’s reputation and stock could be hurt if it does not address those concerns, according to the journal.

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