I suppose this is related to my previous post, which is why I’ve ended up running to the blog as soon as this topic came up in conversation.
So, I’m only 19, and the only time I can identify as “adult” without cringing is if it’s preceded by the word “autistic”!! Consequently, I’m no stranger to that recurring conversation from older adults about “the good old days” of their childhoods when everyone spent their entire lives outside, and you kids with your internet and smartphones don’t know a thing about making your own entertainment, do you?!
It’s occurred to me that by sitting on my phone blogging, I’m basically proving the point. However, the constant underlying message that technology is just BAD and makes ALL THESE KIDS SO UNSOCIABLE has always left a bad taste in my mouth. Because believe me, I tried playing outside with the other kids on my street, and would always end up just not fitting in (again, see my last post). At least video games and social networking sites provided an alternative. Personally, technology has made me more social, and I don’t know what I’d have done without it.
Like I said, though, I’m only 19, only barely an adult (*shudder*) myself, so I’d be really interested to hear from “proper” adults with autism and/or other disabilities, who grew up in the “good old days when kids played properly” or whatever else. What do you make of all this?