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Title: Tablet Kids II: The Growing Divide
Post by: number six on January 05, 2022, 12:48:21 PM
So awhile ago I posted about how some parents we know are raising Tablet kids, ie the kids that just sit and stare at their phones/tablets 24/7 and seemingly have 0 social skills as a consequence. Well a few years on I can report things have only become worse.

Now it seems there's a divide amongst the youth I interact with. On one side you have normal well adjusted kids that act about how you'd expect. On the flip side you have the tablet kids who are noticeably retarded in development all around and it's significant. Most of these kids act is if they are significantly younger than they actually are.

For example we had a wedding over the new years holiday. Rehearsal dinner night we sat with a normal kid, he was 18 but had just started college. He had goals and was working towards them, most importantly you could have a conversation with him.. like you would with any adult person.

During the wedding reception we were paired up with one of the tablet kids from the original post. This kid is a few years younger than the college kid but good gravy what a difference. Immediately tablet kid whips out the tablet and stays glued to it the entire evening. Zero interaction or conversation other than a few very small sentences here when prompted by a parent. Tablet kid still only eats chicken nuggets which luckily for him there was something like a chicken finger on the fancy buffet so that's all he ate.. with his bare hands because tablet kid doesn't know how to use a knife or fork because why would he? He only eats fucking chicken nuggets.

The difference between these two kids couldn't be larger. This is also not an isolated incident I know of a few cases like this. Tablet kids know how to tablet and that's it. No friends, no social skills, no goals or ambition.. just couch and a screen that's it. On more than one occasion i've heard the parents mention 'youtube streamer' as their career goal... yeah good luck with that.

In all of these cases the main problem is the parents.  I think it was initially just easier to give the kid a tablet and shut him up but now years on they've got a half-human blob that they created so now they have to pretend that it's all fine and they'll just eventually 'figure life out' or something. But my guess is they wont and 5 years from now they'll be exactly where they are now and thats probably the worst place they can be.
Title: Re: Tablet Kids II: The Growing Divide
Post by: Hamster on January 05, 2022, 12:55:17 PM
here kid, take this tablet, your now a rockstar!

#doesnotworkthatway
Title: Re: Tablet Kids II: The Growing Divide
Post by: stf on January 05, 2022, 01:36:53 PM
I totally agree.
For me, meals are the line not to be cross. And if you go this way to be quiet with your toddler, good luck changing this habit later...

On the other hand, I can say I am quite amazed with how teenagers use youtube and co to open their minds to a lot of different topics and learn about music, blockchain, innovations etc. My kids are way more cultivated and open to the world than I was at their age.

So, as you said, it all depends of the parents and how you find the right balance for your kid.
Title: Re: Tablet Kids II: The Growing Divide
Post by: tufnel1530 on January 05, 2022, 03:12:26 PM
No offense to those with kids under 25 but pretty much every one I have met is a basket case with zero personality and a stack of issues.

Most kids these days have anxiety or any other number of metal health issues because they were raised in the fake "social" hell which is the internet and facebook etc.

We live in pretty screwed up times so things are not going to get better.
Title: Re: Tablet Kids II: The Growing Divide
Post by: SpineyNorman on January 08, 2022, 02:33:41 PM
Bullying needs to make a big comeback, as well as sanctioned paternal beating administrations...just sayin

One day these "snowflake" kids are gonna be dumped in the real world to fend for themselves and are gonna get eaten alive.
Title: Re: Tablet Kids II: The Growing Divide
Post by: Sid on January 08, 2022, 04:13:28 PM
Bullying needs to make a big comeback, as well as sanctioned paternal beating administrations...just sayin

One day these "snowflake" kids are gonna be dumped in the real world to fend for themselves and are gonna get eaten alive.

Not true.  There will always be liberal pussy Democrats around to carry them through life with handouts and programs.  You know... Biden supporters.
Title: Re: Tablet Kids II: The Growing Divide
Post by: Wisefwumyogwave on January 10, 2022, 05:18:53 PM
I do agree the tablets and phones need to be put the fuck away for the planet to get better, but the bullying shit needs to stop, you wouldn't be saying comments like that if one of your kids killed himself over some dumbass Facebook shit, which happened to my transgender niece/nephew however you wanna look at it idc. Suicide rates have gone up per capita from bullying, bullying would have had to leave for it to come back, it's so much worse for these kids now because of the internet in a lot of psychological ways. Rant over.
Title: Re: Tablet Kids II: The Growing Divide
Post by: RussG on January 10, 2022, 09:40:30 PM
Yeah it's all messed up. 

Idiocracy here we come!

I am not optimistic about all our futures.
Title: Re: Tablet Kids II: The Growing Divide
Post by: Niloc on January 11, 2022, 02:59:54 AM
Gonna be a lot of "His Mom literally went with him to his job interview..." type situations.

Lots of them will just live with their parents forever.

I'd guess some will end up homeless when their parents die and they find out the house wasn't paid for and the bank will be taking it and all the other assets shortly.

There are definitely still many perfectly functional people in their 20's - I've met and worked with some. Plenty of duds too though, and they just don't get hired.
Kids younger than that... yeah, it may be getting worse.

Lots of idiots wind up with kids by mistake, many others just out of a sense of obligation or "that's just what you do - you grow up, get married and have kids".
They shouldn't, but it's also a bit silly to expect them to work hard on raising kids they never really wanted in the first place.



Title: Re: Tablet Kids II: The Growing Divide
Post by: Big Al on January 12, 2022, 02:26:19 AM

Tablet kid still only eats chicken nuggets which luckily for him there was something like a chicken finger on the fancy buffet so that's all he ate.. with his bare hands because tablet kid doesn't know how to use a knife or fork because why would he? He only eats fucking chicken nuggets.


Aaaaaa, hahahaha!!! ;D

I guess that’s what they are called.  I never knew there was a term for them.

I recently had a conversation with my wife about how different my friends kids are - one is a tablet kid and one is not.  They do not have any disabilities, it’s just a personality or lack there of.   Tablet kid loves his nuggets.

Oh god, still chuckling and wife says what’s so funny.

Great social observation.

Ha, ha, happy gaming,
Big Al

Title: Re: Tablet Kids II: The Growing Divide
Post by: littlewest on January 13, 2022, 04:23:13 PM
I think I did pretty good for my age... but anyway, I have plenty of friends that are tablet kids. I feel for them and push them outside of their zones so they grow into a person. I feel like I've been 35-45 my whole life as it is anyway.
Title: Re: Tablet Kids II: The Growing Divide
Post by: Davesdewas on January 21, 2022, 06:34:08 AM
No offense to those with kids under 25 but pretty much every one I have met is a basket case with zero personality and a stack of issues.
Title: Re: Tablet Kids II: The Growing Divide
Post by: k7 on January 22, 2022, 09:01:52 PM
no offense taken here. i have a 16 year old, and no matter what i throw at him, he is still well adjusted.

if they are entertained with nothing but electronic games, they won't adjust to the outside world.

personally...i hate the outside world. i like my bubble with the people i know. :P

Title: Re: Tablet Kids II: The Growing Divide
Post by: number six on January 24, 2022, 12:01:10 PM
No offense to those with kids under 25 but pretty much every one I have met is a basket case with zero personality and a stack of issues.

Not all of them.. but a commonality between all of the kids i've met that aren't just complete zombies is a lack of an addiction to their phones or tablets.
Title: Re: Tablet Kids II: The Growing Divide
Post by: number six on January 24, 2022, 12:04:23 PM
Lots of them will just live with their parents forever.

I think this is the likely scenario. You are going to see a lot of 30 year olds living in basements.. I mean I guess that happens already.. but wait 10 years and see the numbers.

And I mean there were kids who just didn't 'get it' back in our day.. obviously there weren't tablets but you still had the weird loners with no friends that kinda sat in the corner but it was rare, maybe a handful per school.. the tablet kids seem to be a bigger problem. It's the whole online thing that nurtures and promotes this behavior. If you were the loner loser kid at school you had incentive to change but the tablet kids have entire network to help keep them on the tablets.

Title: Re: Tablet Kids II: The Growing Divide
Post by: number six on January 24, 2022, 12:06:37 PM
I recently had a conversation with my wife about how different my friends kids are - one is a tablet kid and one is not.  They do not have any disabilities, it’s just a personality or lack there of.   Tablet kid loves his nuggets.

It's weird that nuggets and tablet kids go together.. but i suspect it's the same root cause -- the parents.

I mean hell chicken nuggers weren't a thing when I was little but I can see how kids would like them and if the parents just let them eat nuggets 24/7 you get that part, and that same sort of parenting also allows them to sit on the tablets.
Title: Re: Tablet Kids II: The Growing Divide
Post by: Sid on January 24, 2022, 12:54:34 PM
They're just the next generation of IT guys and arcade/pinball collectors.
Title: Re: Tablet Kids II: The Growing Divide
Post by: Davesdewas on January 27, 2022, 01:29:25 AM
One day these "snowflake" kids are gonna be dumped in the real world to fend for themselves and are gonna get eaten alive.
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Title: Re: Tablet Kids II: The Growing Divide
Post by: MilitiaMan on February 11, 2022, 12:05:33 PM
This is hilarious. While some of the observations are an accurate depiction of life in today's world, the fact is that every human on earth is an individual - almost all of them are going to "figure it out" at some point and go on to live well-adjusted, normal lives.

The funniest thing is ... if the internet was around in 1983, I guarantee our own parents would have likely been in a chatroom somewhere complaining that children of that era only played Atari and ate Macaroni & Cheese. To this day, I still give my Dad a hard time for calling me a "vidiot" whenever I wanted to go to the arcade or waste an entire day playing Adventure on the 2600 - somehow that early love of video games translated into a decent IT career and an "almost" well-adjusted human.

Steve
MM
Title: Re: Tablet Kids II: The Growing Divide
Post by: RussG on February 11, 2022, 01:25:01 PM

The funniest thing is ... if the internet was around in 1983, I guarantee our own parents would have likely been in a chatroom somewhere complaining that children of that era only played Atari and ate Macaroni & Cheese. To this day, I still give my Dad a hard time for calling me a "vidiot" whenever I wanted to go to the arcade or waste an entire day playing Adventure on the 2600 - somehow that early love of video games translated into a decent IT career and an "almost" well-adjusted human.

Steve
MM

Funny!   I love the "almost" well adjusted line.   ;)
Aren't we all!? :o :roll:
I remember the same thing about my Dad giving me a hard time for wanting to waste $5 on video games going to the arcade.
That seems like wholesome goodness at this point in time doesn't it?
My Dad's not around any more but he was very proud of me and my amassed pin and arcade collection later and all my restorations.
Title: Re: Tablet Kids II: The Growing Divide
Post by: number six on February 11, 2022, 02:04:30 PM
The funniest thing is ... if the internet was around in 1983, I guarantee our own parents would have likely been in a chatroom somewhere complaining that children of that era only played Atari and ate Macaroni & Cheese. To this day, I still give my Dad a hard time for calling me a "vidiot" whenever I wanted to go to the arcade or waste an entire day playing Adventure on the 2600 - somehow that early love of video games translated into a decent IT career and an "almost" well-adjusted human.

I dunno man playing video games back in the 80s is a lot different than being glued to a screen 24/7. I never saw a kid rip out an Atari 2600 and play it through dinner at Bennigans.

We'll see if these kids 'grow out of it' but it's not looking so hot for some of them.
Title: Re: Tablet Kids II: The Growing Divide
Post by: k7 on February 13, 2022, 10:56:26 PM
screw being well adjusted. it's the "slightly off" personalities that make life entertaining, and makes for good friends. :)

and i just bought myself a little handheld game that plays most stuff up to ps1 smoothly.

also bought my son a car. that i'll drive for the short term. he's going to be a better driver than i am, guaranteed. i'm vengeful.

my son had chicken nuggets tonight. and i grabbed a few. so we're doomed :P

Title: Re: Tablet Kids II: The Growing Divide
Post by: MilitiaMan on February 14, 2022, 09:53:12 AM
also bought my son a car.

Your son is almost old enough to drive?

Good god ... it's been a long time since we've hung out.  :-\

Time flies when you're having fun!!!!

Steve
MM
Title: Re: Tablet Kids II: The Growing Divide
Post by: MilitiaMan on February 14, 2022, 10:00:07 AM
I never saw a kid rip out an Atari 2600 and play it through dinner at Bennigans.

That's only because the technology didn't exist. LOL

I can't tell you how many times I requested to go to dinner at this one specific restaurant because they had a cocktail Phoenix. I would literally play it the entire time we were there with the short exception of the 6 minutes it took me to wolf down my chicken tenders and fries (because nuggets weren't a thing yet).  :-)

I'm not arguing the points made earlier in this thread. There will definitely be some social damage resulting from kids unable to tear themselves away from their screens. I'm merely saying that kids (and parents) today are not that different from kids 10 years ago, or 20 years ago, or 30 years ago. The technology has certainly changed, making these diversions far more accessible.

And lazy parenting will always be lazy parenting - it just looks different today. How is MOM going to keep her kids off the tablet when she hasn't put down her own phone in 10 hours from checking how many likes her last Facebook post received?

Steve
MM
Title: Re: Tablet Kids II: The Growing Divide
Post by: k7 on February 15, 2022, 04:37:37 PM
Your son is almost old enough to drive?

Good god ... it's been a long time since we've hung out.  :-\

Time flies when you're having fun!!!!

Steve
MM

i know. right? i'm going to make HIM drive to the next arcade event. :P

That's only because the technology didn't exist. LOL

I can't tell you how many times I requested to go to dinner at this one specific restaurant because they had a cocktail Phoenix. I would literally play it the entire time we were there with the short exception of the 6 minutes it took me to wolf down my chicken tenders and fries (because nuggets weren't a thing yet).  :-)

very valid points. when i was a kid and could go to chuck e cheese, i dind't have time to eat the pizza. it was all dig dug and elevator action.

i used to bike to the boca mall, hide my bike in the bushes, and hit their arcade for hours. 4 mile bike ride one way. i was 11. all statistics say i
should be dead. :P

Title: Re: Tablet Kids II: The Growing Divide
Post by: RussG on February 15, 2022, 06:28:47 PM

very valid points. when i was a kid and could go to chuck e cheese, i dind't have time to eat the pizza. it was all dig dug and elevator action.

i used to bike to the boca mall, hide my bike in the bushes, and hit their arcade for hours. 4 mile bike ride one way. i was 11. all statistics say i
should be dead. :P

Who says you're not!?   ??? :roll:

I could be talking to Zombie Klassic on here typing all day.  Last I saw you was years ago it seems! 
 :o ;D