I think it can be true. Sitting on your ass with snack food for hours and hours and hours makes a boy soft, squishy and probably retarded.
I will say I am the OG videogame generation. I was too young for atari but I had an NES, Sega Genesis, PS2 and I do have a PS3 which I play Madden games and watch netflix on.
I don’t think the games themselves are the problem, they are games and way more fun than board games. The amount of time spent playing them is the issue.
When I was a kid we definitely killed some Saturday afternoons in front of the tv. We being my neighborhood buddies and I.
We also got bored and went to a treehouse we built in the second grade (was quite a feat pulling all those boards that were ginourmous at the time up a tree)
We replaced out own flat tires and broken chains on our bikes, shot bb guns, played sports in real life, got in some squabbles with kids from a different neighborhood using our empty lots and fields for touch football, fished at the local bayou, spent TONS of time in backyard and community pools et cetera.
These days it’s like all kids do is play video games and with few exceptions everything else is an inconvenience.
Ask a kid if he wants to play some basketball and he’ll say “PS3 or Xbox?”.
Videogames themselves are not the issue but when they replace the Cub Scouts, BB Guns, treehouses, pocket knives, real live sports et cetera they certainly are an issue and yes, sitting on the couch pushing buttons for “football” while drinking cokes and eating ho-ho’s is breeding a generation of up and coming softies with no noticeable masculine traits or experiences.
As much as I like Madden, take a madden tournament champ to a backyard and throw a perfect spiral at him. He will undoubtedly make a funky face, turn his head, throw his hands out in a very girly manner and get thumped in the chest, losing his breath.
He will have no idea he just got his ass kicked by a perfectly thrown, real football.
I definitely agree. It’s too bad today if a kid has a pocket knife, and god forbid takes it to school, he’ll be expelled (give me a break). Being a boy is looked down upon by society today. It just is and its a terrible thing. What about if two boys get in a fight? You’ve got suspensions and in some cases even police involvement. It’s just a fight let it be and move on. That I think is the real problems. Boy’s aren’t allowed to be boys so they never become men.
I know. I’m not even old and I went to a huge school in a suburb of a huge city and when I was a kid knives were not allowed but if you accidently had one in your pocket or backpack (which carried books during the day but was an adventure survival kit in the evening) they just told you to pick it up at the principals office after school where it would be held for safekeeping.
In HS, during hunting season, there were guns all over the parking lot. As long as you didn’t take them out of your car it didn’t really matter. I think it was technically a felony to have them but no one really cared at the time.
And fights were a 30 minute detention.
I do know what you are saying. There is still no excuse for a kid to spend more of his free time on games than life though.
They can still build treehouses, have pocket knives at home and bb guns too, a fist fight usually doesn’t escalate to the police if its not on state property and the fact that killing an imaginary monster with an imaginary weapon in an imaginary future is more appealing then heading down to the local pool to see all the classmate cuties in bikinis and hopefully steal a kiss is just sad.
It’s just sad to see so much time go to absolute bullshit with no meaning. They don’t even know how much better childhood can be.
None of my best memories are of beating a videogame. Zero. I know it was fun at the time but I look back fondly at my treehouse and all the other things I’ve mentioned.
Plus Rachelle’s boobs, the first pair I ever saw or felt. It happened behind the playground at the local country club while hanging out at the pool. I can’t help but think that had I been that age today I would have been pressing “x, x, square, triangle” instead of playing with nipples.