Where have all the children gone?

October 31, 2017

 

If you had told me a decade ago that Toys “R” Us was going out of business, I would have been devastated. Yet, here I am at 20 years old and I am utterly disappointed.


I may not have been a “true” 90s kid but I surely played with all kinds of toys like Barbie dolls, Lincoln Logs, Tamagotchi, GameBoy, Mr. Potato Head and I took advice from my Magic 8 Ball without a doubt.


 I’m also certain that if I asked post-millennials about any of these toys that they would much rather play Candy Crush or Fruit Ninja.


A lot of Generation Z kids are perpetually bored because everything is handed to them on silver platter;  they have grown up accustomed to automation. 


I often refer to millennials as the “in-between” generation because it seems that we are caught in the middle of old and new technology and social concepts.


I still remember seeing my mother’s floppy disks laying on top of the desk, which held our dinosaur of a Dell computer, and kicking the side of the CPU until it worked.

 

Yet, as I type this editorial, I am using a MacBook. 


When I got my first cellphone I was 12 years old and it would slide upward, no apps and each button represented a number and three letters for texting. 


Nowadays, elementary aged children have smart phones and tablets, which is ridiculous. 


They spend their free time glued to some sort of screen, not to mention how bad that is for your eyes. 


Parents should encourage them to play kickball, ride a bike outside or use toys but it is probably too late and that’s why Toy “R” Us could be facing permanent closure. 


In an attempt to save the company, they are introducing a “stop and go” approach to selling products. 


Customers would drive up to the store and have toys delivered to their car but I’m not sure what kind of a difference that will make. 


Parents would result in buying toys online or walking into the store. 


It’s just sad to think that children would rather purchase apps in the app store rather than browse aisles of various toys, colors and brands. 


As Generation Z got older, the “tween” age also diminished and instead boys and girls are jumping from childhood to moody teenagers.


 From about eleven to fourteen, kids in my grade were going through an awkward middle school transition, myself included. 


Girls didn’t wear makeup yet, they didn’t care about fashion and boys and girls could still be friends without having to date. 


Here and there on social media I see young girls dressing provocatively and wearing full-face makeup or kids in general getting high or doing other nonsensical YouTube pranks on each other. 


The pathetic part of it all is that society idolizes what some lousy “tweenagers” become like Kylie Jenner or the “cash me outside” girl.


It’s all part of the same pattern. In my own generation, some people are enthralled with the idea of becoming a full-fledged adult as soon as possible. 


It seems that every month I find out that former classmates are pregnant, married or both. That kind of news should be coming in at least five more years.


Perhaps I was raised with a different notion of how fast or slow to grow up but what I have seen is plenty of wasted potential. 


Kids need time to be kids, plain and simple. There shouldn’t be an urgency to rush through every or any stage of life.

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