Daily Prompt: Childhood Revisited

“Sure, you turned out pretty good, but is there anything you wish had been different about your childhood? If you have kids, is there anything you wish were different for them?” –The Daily Postย 

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My Dust Covered Gameboy Advance from 100 Years Ago ๐Ÿ™‚

This is something I used to think about all of the time when I was a kid! Looking back on my childhood, there really aren’t too many things I would change. I loved my childhood! As a young kid, I had basic kid toys. When I turned six, my parents got me my first Gameboy Advance. When I turned eight, I got my first laptop. When I turned ten, I got a bunch of Tamagotchis. At age twelve, I got my Nintendo DS and when I turned fourteen, I got a smartphone and my MacBook Pro. I really like that I initially had to grow up without these things in my life because it taught me to actually appreciate technology. I value all of the electronics that I have now. Having to wait years and year until I could get the things I wanted definitely proved to be beneficial because I learned how to live without them too. My poor little five year old cousin has already had an iPhone for two years. What the heck!? He also has a family-shared iPad that can use whenever he wants and a computer in his dad’s office that he can turn on and use whenever he feels like it. Now to me, that is a problem. This kid is going to be so spoiled and have no appreciation whatsoever for these modern gadgets. Plus, he will probably grow up to be extremely dependent on them. I don’t think it’s a good thing, but whatever, these decisions have to be made by his parents, not me.

If I had kids, is there anything I wish were different for them? Well, you know, I’d love to have kids but I’m gay so…. but figuratively speaking, IF I had kids or adopted them or something, I would make sure that despite the wide availability, they would have to wait before I would allow all of this technology into their lives. In the future, that may seem unrealistic, but I want them to value the things we have nowadays. I also want them to learn to live without it in case something were to ever happen. Technology was created because people learned to be smart but it has become so advanced that I almost feel like it’s becoming detrimental to our intelligence. Who does math in their head anymore? Anyway, I guess what I am saying is that I would want to raise my kids much in the same way my parents raised myself because I genuinely loved my childhood SO MUCH and so I could only hope that my kids would feel the same way.

Have any thoughts on this?