Thanksgiving Gaming; Finding Time to Play with your Family

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  1. Amanda says:

    You bring up an interesting point that I had never consciously considered before.

    At family gatherings with MY family, video games, including handheld devices, are very accepted no matter what the age of the user. My parents are in their early 60s, I have three younger sisters, and we’re all married and have kids ranging in age from 3-16. We’re a relatively young family. We’re also quite tech savvy (except my dad, but that has less to do with his age than with the fact that he’s a hillbilly redneck).

    It’s a completely different story when we’re visiting my husband’s family. His parents are in their 70s and feel offended that the kids (ages 8-16) want to play video games TOGETHER instead of playing with the 40-year-old toddler toys she kept from when her sons were small. (This is not an exaggeration. Seriously.)

    I always thought this difference was just because my parents are nice and my husband’s are not. And, while I’m still pretty sure that’s part of it, I can see how it’s a generational thing too. My mom is 13 years younger than my mother-in-law. My parents are Baby Boomers; my in-laws are part of the Silent Generation. Baby Boomers are known for embracing technology and social change. I don’t even know what the Silent Generation is known for….

    Anyway, thank you for making me look at this from a different angle.