Six Word Saturday: what did kids do before PlayStation?

I love this photo of my mother-in-law (on the bike) with her older brother Tom and younger sister Dorothy. Looks like they were having so much fun! Photo: Dove-Gray family archive.

I love this photo of my mother-in-law (on the bike) with her older brother Tom and younger sister Dorothy. Looks like they were having so much fun! Photo c. 1937-38, Southland, New Zealand. Dove-Gray family archive.

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13 thoughts on “Six Word Saturday: what did kids do before PlayStation?

  1. Just think—it was only about 30 years ago that video games became widespread and then usually in stores. Kids were much better off when they had to find ways to create imaginary worlds by themselves.

    • :-) I’ve been watching my son and his friends over the years and the friendships that have lasted are those that were founded in days spent outdoors building tree-houses and kicking a ball and riding skateboards. The kids who needed to be entertained never seemed to come back to our house, with its lack of electronic babysitters.

  2. SUPER image, Suzy !! I’d go back earlier, though, in terms of the question: what did kids do before television? ;-) But it doesn’t have the same ring to it as does yours, which is contemporary.

    • :-) I’m part of the TV generation; although there was only one channel and it was black & white. We still spent most of our time outside (admittedly playing games inspired by our favourite TV shows); my son knows kids who really actually don’t know how to play!!!

      • Yes; more than I would have imagined before I had the boy-child. He’s 16 and does so much stuff, while I see other kids he knows just ganging around the village wrecking stuff and being obnoxious. They’ve gone from not knowing how to okay, to not knowing how to be part of society. It makes me incredibly sad; especially as I’ve known some of them since they were toddlers.

      • The peer group syndrome has replaced all that wonderful physical playing, and brought nothing but harm to all. You can be proud of your son, though !

  3. Just read your post and I’m struck by the similarity of a photo I posted this week, it’s here http://wp.me/p4d8rD-7r
    I remember when TV first came to our home city, Mum would hire a set for the school holidays but only my younger sister and Mum were interested in it. I think video games are worse because so many people play them in isolation.

  4. Kids were forced to use their imaginations. Have you even noticed on TV, the sit-coms no longer have original story lines; the themes are all copied from older shows. Entertainment is set in front of today’s kids – they don’t HAVE to use their brains.

  5. Looks like head injuries waiting to happen to my modern eye, but YES, so much fun. I used to bike my daughter and her friend to pre-school in a similar contraption, but I was rather obsessive about all of us wearing helmets.

    • :-) I thought much the same thing! Then I remembered what we used to play in/with when I was a kid and I remembered that all my scars are pretty small. I have heard some very funny stories about this little cart from the lady who is inside it most of the time. Who’d e the youngest child!

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