I recently went home to see my kids and it hit me, right in the teeth, that their Xbox plays a far bigger part in their lives than I, or anyone else for that matter, do….
Having not seen them for quite some time, and travelling the best part of 2000 miles to see them, my two youngest boys (15 and 16) seemed completely enveloped in the make believe Xbox world. Barely leaving their bedrooms for anything more than food and other necessary bodily functions.
They always were into their gaming – but not to this extent. In five days I can’t have spent more than a few hours in their company, and the word count was surely limited to the hundreds. Despairing a little at their poor grasp on reality I decided to ask around. Their mother, their older brothers, and many friends of mine with kids of their age confirmed their behaviour to be ‘normal’.
It sounds like a whole generation – at least until they, hopefully, grow out of it have decided to withdraw from society. They have turned their backs on sport and exercise, any creative thought, and true social interaction (apart from discussing gaming with each other via headphones from separate rooms)…
What happened to all the normal things teenagers do? Fruitlessly chasing girls, breaking greenhouse windows with footballs, quaffing cider on the local park, stealing apples and creating general (but mostly) harmless havoc…. It might be a pain for us at times, but this is what we did, and these are the things that formed us.
I can’t see how getting to level 15 whilst saving a fictitious planet (or whatever scenario is fashionable right now) is of any benefit whatsoever. Except of course to the pedlars of fantasy.
Tenagers – I implore you….
Choose adolescent mischief – choose life!
Is the Xbox more real than reality?