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Kids Today & Tech

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by randomshenans, Nov 20, 2019.

  1. SPG

    Soldato

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    Rubbish, i was taking stuff apart as soon as i could hold a screwdriver and got better at putting back together eventually:)

    The OP is correct kids today are useless unless its button press.
     
  2. agnes

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    That's not the kids fault, that's yours. Don't rant about your own failings. Teach them how to fix things. It doesn't just happen.
     
  3. mrk

    Man of Terrible Jokes

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    Is true. I was talking about this with a workmate just yesterday. Kids are too easy to get offended and they know if they don't have to do something they won't. Also lack of physical/practical abilities at things like those being discussed in this thread.

    In general if a kid has zero interest in these things then no matter how hard you try to get them interested it just isn't going to happen. And if you try too much you will distance them even further and they will protest against that even more. You simply cannot win. As the eldest sibling of 4, I grew up taking things apart and fixing things, yet none of my siblings had any interest in any of that at all. My brothers were next to useless at anything physical unless it involved having a short temper (!).

    Certain things are genetic, whilst others are programmed as part of that persons self being. If it wasn't meant to be, it will never be. Whilst sometimes it is down to poor parenting and poor positive reinforcement at an early age, most of the time it's a generational thing and it's pretty obvious these days it's the latter given how many youths are like this yet their parents are perfectly fine and grew up fine too.
     
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2019
  4. Ninco!

    Hitman

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    Location: Surrey

    About 3 years ago, I gave my nephew a PC hand me down, whilst it couldn't play AAA games it could still run decent games.

    The idea was, rather naively on my part, so he could use it for homework (I know) and learn about tech in general. Said nephew had a Nintendo at this point. Well, the results were worse than I envisaged, zero interest in any programs (for instance, drawing, music or other creative hobbies which PC's can provide) the only interest was how to fire up Steam. If a game froze, lagged, nephew would be clueless. To this day the PC is mothballed, PS4 took over as this is where his school mates play.

    I get this but to not even bother using the PC for something useful - well, lesson learned.
     
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2019
  5. malachi

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    Birmingham, did none of that in my school.

    On a side note, I made loads of money from chipping PlayStations back then :D
     
  6. Malevolence

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    Yes, we did that too. Forgot to add it to the list.
     
  7. randomshenans

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    When I was 17 in school I made a badboy bonnet for my citreon AX at school lol

    But since I was like 10 I was doing woodwork, cooking, sewing, metal work and electronics. I remember the standard plant/water device that measured if you needed to water the plant. I must have been 10/11 when we made that.
     
  8. mrk

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    Cooking! Yes we did a lot of cooking too. What a mess cookery class ended up being. Flour everywhere :p
     
  9. mrk

    Man of Terrible Jokes

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  10. Malevolence

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    Forgot sewing/needlework too, but that's probably because my brain had repressed those memories for my own sanity. I knitted a little gown for a neighbour's baby, was well chuffed with it - right up until I noticed it had three arms.
     
  11. morbid42

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    I stole magnesium and zinc and other stuff from the chemistry lab and made a pipebomb with that and batteries and caps. Blew the bin lid off but only half the thing blew initially, and it keep banging for a while after.

    More fun than technology class where you made a car out of wood and stuck a battery to it
     
  12. Malevolence

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    I used to steal magnesium ribbon to use as a fuse for thermite.
     
  13. Dis86

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    The baby had 3 arms?
     
  14. AhhBisto

    Gangster

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    Love these threads, every generation is the same.

    I don't know about you guys but I didn't become a parent to play top trumps with my child's skill set.
     
  15. loftie

    Hitman

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    Point them to a build your own PC video on youtube (kids love youtube).

    This one has a few views.....

    :D
     
  16. AhhBisto

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    Leave that one to the boomers
     
  17. Malevolence

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    What the **** does that even mean?
     
  18. Efour

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    Honestly what a load of twaddle.

    We as kids took stuff apart because we had stuff you could take apart. VHS recorders, tape decks, anything with a screw hole was in danger when we were kids.

    Now everything is flat screens and apps. There's no opportunity like we had. That's the reason why. If no one teaches or shows it won't happen.

    Pc building isn't a big deal, no matter what we tell ourselves. It's expensive Lego :p