At some point in the recent decade the idea of entertainment changed drastically, especially for the younger generations. Which happens as a society progresses technologically and socially; however, the change has become more drastic recently. If you ask a child who grew up in the early 2000’s what entertained them, it would differ very much from from a child who grew up just ten years earlier. This I think will also influence what entertains them as a young adult. Just food for thought as I think about what entertains me and what used to entertain me.
My personal experience of growing up included a lot of time spent outside. I think this was also influenced by having a brother. (Clearly there are a lot of different influential factors to what entertains us.) I’d say I spent the majority of my time in my yard with the neighborhood boys, playing sports and catching the local wildlife. To this day those things still entertain me, just maybe not in the same way. I also gravitate more towards having male friends as well.
Being outdoors, I think, will always entertain me. From playing sports with friends to going on hikes and exploring my surroundings. When the weather is good I want nothing more than to be outside. Unfortunately for myself I have also become drawn to the modern world of technology. Netflix has played a big part in my bad habit of spending an entire day inside, never even knowing what the weather feels like outside. I think if anyone says that’s never happened to them, they’re probably lying. It happens to the best of us. However from the deepest depths within me, I wish things weren’t like that. Yes, I know I have the will power to turn the Netflix off and step outside, but truth is, I don’t want to. I’ve become so accustom to that being my entertainment that I don’t enjoy the same simple things I used to.
I’m not preaching against technology, trust me, I love it. I’m on my Iphone just as much as the next person, I have headphones in more than half the time, and I check social media at least once a day. I just never noticed how much it has changed us all so much in the sense of what entertains us. When I sat down to write this, it’s not the direction I planned on going in, it just kind of happened. Hopefully it’s made you think of how the perceptions of entertainment and what entertains us has changed.
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