“This generation is so dead. You ask a kid what they’re doing this Saturday, and they’ll be playing video games or watching cable, instead of building model cars or airplanes or doing something creative. Kids today never say, “Man, I’m really into remote-controlled steamboats.” -Jack White

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In this generation everything is growing really fast. Back when our parents were kids they didn’t have any laptops, TVs, or even cell phones for communicative purposes. I’m not sure about your parents, but my parents didn’t start school until they were 7. Now we start when we’re 3. Those are just some brief things about the differences between now and then.

My parents are always telling me about their life when they were kids and I see how privileged we are. My parents told me that they had to walk barefoot through the field carrying their books with a small, folded piece of cardboard. When it was lunch time they were sent out to go buy their foods. If they didn’t have money, which they never did, they would run all the way back home and eat and come back all in an hour. At the end of the day they had to go back home through the same field and they would play outside or help out at home. When it was the summer break or winter break they would take care of the cattle. Now let’s look at our lives.

In the morning we wake up and go to school on the bus complaining that we are going on the bus instead of on the car. We learn and eat lunch at school. We sometimes eat from the school cafeteria and complain about how bad the food tastes. We go home and do our homework or watch TV or play video games. In the summer break and winter break we sit around and watch TV shows or chat or go to the beach or travel to another continent.

Now when we compare my parent’s childhood lives and our lives we see how privileged we are. Now days people are making 3D pens, iWatches and much more. The difference isn’t just between my parents and me; I see a great difference between my childhood and my sibling’s childhood. When I was a kid I would play outside with my friends and when it got dark I would run home and eat dinner and go to sleep at around 8 o’clock. Now kids just play video games or watch TV. They don’t go outside and play as much and they also sleep late, which is bad. There is a huge difference between this generation and the other generations. A difference quite sad, indeed.

By Fisson Tibbo