You ask a kid, ‘What are you doing this Saturday?’ and they’ll be playing video games or watching cable, instead of building model cars or airplanes or doing something creative. Kids today never say, ‘Man, I’m really into remote-controlled steamboats.’ They never say that.
Hard to argue with Jack White on this one, via Josh Eells’ fascinating New York Times Magazine profile. (via pitchfork)
The thing is, with all the user generated content focused games, kids really are getting to creatively express them selves and share their creations with more people than ever before. I do understand that this is done under preset boundaries but those are becoming less and less constrictive.
Also, a kid telling you that they are only doing one thing is usually them just being flippant. Or maybe they’re a shut-in and that is a bigger issue than what they choose to hyper-focus on, be it video games or model trains. Or maybe the sequel to their all-time favorite game came out.
Cut the kids some slack and push them out of the house when slack isn’t the answer.