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Arianna Huffington Calls Apple’s New Initiative “Cultural Milestone”

The Founder and CEO of Thrive Global talks about Apple’s wellness-focused initiatives.

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In an interview with Bloomberg’s Emily Chang, Arianna Huffington spoke about Apple’s “Live Different” initiative, which was announced at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco on June 5.

“What is so exciting about these announcements today,” Huffington explained, “is that because they are so seamlessly integrated, it’s going to be much easier to use them. We know that we all need to set boundaries in our relationship with technology, but we are all having a hard time doing it because we are becoming increasingly addicted.”

Huffington also addressed the increased mental health problems among teenagers, such as the depression and anxiety that often stems from dependence on social media and technology. “This is really the moment when we urgently need to respond to what is happening,” Huffington said. “Ultimately it’s up to us, but being empowered with tools and the knowledge of how much time we’re spending on our phones is key.”

Thrive Global has been at the forefront of the conversation surrounding this cultural shift since its founding in 2016, and Huffington shared her appreciation for Apple’s initiatives to set boundaries with technology and help create healthy relationships with our devices.

“Our goal [at Thrive Global] right now is to create these behavior changes and microsteps to help people take the steps they need to take to manage their relationship with technology, to reduce stress and burnout, and as a result, improve their performance and productivity,” Huffington said.

Watch the rest of the interview here. 

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