My daughter recently complained that ‘she was bored!’… So, despite having an iPad, iPhone, Music on demand, wifi on 24×7 at home, Satellite TV, games console she still cant keep herself amused!
This got me to thinking how today’s generation would cope with the world I grew up in in the 60’s and 70’s. TV was a novelty – mostly black and white(in fact I well remember marvelling at the first transatlantic broadcast via Telstar). The space race was captivating. The moon landing was awesome and of course England won the World Cup! Transistor radio’s were cool. No FM radio, very limited choice of stations on Medium Wave. Central heating – well we did have a coal fire and one radiator fed straight from a backboiler heated by the fire(it was common in winter to have ice on the inside of the windows). Then we had the delights of the miners strike in the early 70’s – well do I remember the blackouts by area to save power – thank goodness for coal fires and candles! I had just started to drive and was distraught when the price of a gallon of petrol went up to 25p! The car would have to go.I think we were still recovering from the effects of the second world war, but then their WAS the Asian adventure that was the Vietnam war.
To get back to where I started this – the only things I had that occupied me as a child were Friends, a love of Music(I saved up the money from my paper round and bought myself a home hi-fi/radio) which I had for many years, and a lifelong love of reading(the new generation of ebook readers are fantastic). I seldom got bored.. I could always find something to keep me occupied, I am sure I was bored at times – but it was down to me to resolve. I have a feeling that the current generation would struggle.
But then we are all shaped by the environment in our formative years.