I babysat a 6-year-old during the past few weeks. In case there is anyone left out there who doesn't understand what this means for Generation Z, it roughly translates to a few hours of video games and supervised YouTube surfing. Don't get me wrong, I tried to engage the kid in activities. After a minute or so, he'd end up right back in front of the TV, having lost interest and generally perplexed at why I was trying so hard with hide-and-seek and I Spy when I could be sitting down. He was like, "I've got you a nice armchair and everything. Kick back and relax, babysitter." Let's be honest, it was too tempting an offer to refuse. After making myself at home in the plush armchair, I discovered that 6-year-olds have about a 6-second attention span. I have never seen him finish a video, even a short one. Even while playing the Leggo video game, he paused game play every 6 seconds to change costumes or characters. I could hardly keep up with how quickly he navigated the game.
Adding myself as a second player was not the wisest decision. By the time I had discovered that I could turn left, we were on a different planet. I couldn't say that this kid wasn't smart. He could recite me a mission dossier faster than the alphabet. Since he couldn't read, I listed off planet names from the screen - not that it mattered. He directed his controller to whatever he found bright, colorful, and shiny. According to Vegas, the secret is out that adults never grow out of this.
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