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If I were a parent...




Thereo s something sad about this.




Ito s Friday morning. Before leaving for work, I ask my daughter, whoo s 10, o Are you going to be alright by yourself?o




o Yes,o she grunts, eyes fixed on her $800 laptop.




Is she doing anything today? She pays me little attention, and the response is similarly vague. I suppose things only o get doneo in the real world. And now, the real world is virtual and pixelated.




o Can I use your iPad?o she calls. Does she need 2 screens? Apparently. Io m sure her finger is already hovering over the o slide to unlocko feature, waiting for my assent. I couldno t keep her off it even if I tried.




As I say goodbye, I imagine her spending another day watching YouTube videos of other people playing Minecraft while placing blocks in o creative modeo at the same time. Io m sure sheo ll build another wooden house with a garden. But today, ito ll have a swimming pool and probably a library.




Her world will be blissfully threat-free until she switches over to o survival mode,o when the zombies and creepers will appear after sunset. o There are also giant spiders,o she told me once.




To get inspiration, sheo ll watch SkyDoesMinecraft, CaptainSparklez, and other YouTubers who Io m terrified might drop the F-bomb and the M-F bomb on a regular basis. o Choose another video please,o I sometimes call from the other room upon hearing drunken torrents of verbal diarrhea blaring out of her speakers. From what I've heard, not many of these o internet starso seem to have a clue that they can easily be accessed and watched by a bunch of third-graders.




Io d even prefer her to be subjected to the adult stereotypes, cynicism and backstabbing behavior found in sitcoms on Nickelodeon on Disney. If she learnt any lessons from those, theyo d be easier to curb than the bad language she picks up from the internet. But she hasno t watched one of those shows for ages. In this day and age, they probably dono t even make them any more. And I cano t force a child to watch TV anyway.




o Video games may have ruined my life,o she once told me. o But ito s a good thing I have two extra lives.o I didno t get this joke, and was quite concerned, until she reminded me of the little row of hearts you have on your screen in a video game. I still dono t know if I should be worried. But still, she tells jokes. She can still laugh (or o lolo ) without a screen in front of her, thankfully. Thato s something.




But if Minecraft really is o ruining her lifeo , it cano t go on. At least with lego, she wasno t damaging her eyes by staring at a screen all day. At least with that game, she would bring her friends round to play, and they would socialize, and have fun, the way it should be. Where did lego go? Where did Disney and Nickeodeon and the local play park go?




Thereo s something sad about this.


There's a message behind this blog.

Note: not all of the views expressed in this blog are necessarily my own.


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  • pryangm
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • March 9, 2014, 1:39 pm
800$ laptop?
  • bebopper5
  • Level 27
  • Expert Ninja
  • September 28, 2013, 3:55 am
Heh, I just spent like 6 hours playing solo on Borderlands 2 so I could catch up with my brother when we spend a further 3 hours on it later.

Yeaahhhhh im not very productive.
  • aboveordinary
  • Level 38
  • Artisan Engineer
  • September 24, 2013, 1:26 pm
Absolutely great post for sure. This is why I'm subscribed to you and only you. I'm going outside right now to enjoy my youth
  • _renji
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Archer
  • September 16, 2013, 10:11 am
I'm sorry to say this, but I think she took the example of you for playing MineCraft. And another two things. I mean, if she likes watching YouTubers playing minecraft, she could watch CaptainSparkles, he doesn't swear. And MineCraft is actually a game which educates children's creativity. But too much is too much. I'm not sure what kind of situation you're in, but maybe, you need to show her what other things can be interesting too. Maybe your daughter needs less free time, like she could go to let's say, a music or an art school. She wouldn't have that much time to spend on computer games, and also she would learn something useful. But what's just my opinion.
  • SoggyTractor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Spelunker
  • September 16, 2013, 10:17 am
I'm not a parent.
  • _renji
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Archer
  • September 18, 2013, 7:55 am
*FACEPALM* Sorry, I didn't realise. :D
Did you not see the IF I were a parent?
  • CalPal_
  • Level 36
  • Artisan Cake
  • September 14, 2013, 8:12 am
Going along with what Candle said, I think it's the parent's fault in this kind of situation. It's really not that hard to set limits, and I think it goes back to the idea that's now going away in today's society that a parent should be a child's overseer, not their friend.
  • ShadowLuck
  • Level 8
  • Apprentice Hunter
  • September 14, 2013, 4:19 am
This makes me want to throw away my computer or store it in a dusty closet, and go outside and do something...

Diamond, Fav and Sub, you deserve it man.
  • Purpaw
  • Level 38
  • Artisan Dragonborn
  • September 14, 2013, 2:44 am
This touched me. Deep.
  • ShadowLuck
  • Level 8
  • Apprentice Hunter
  • September 14, 2013, 4:22 am
Let's go outside, Ima call you right now.
  • candle_
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 36
  • Artisan Botanist
  • September 12, 2013, 7:56 am
I've thought about this for a bit and honestly it's the parent's fault. How hard is it to set limits or simply take a game away? That is literally all you need to do.
  • SoggyTractor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Spelunker
  • September 12, 2013, 9:08 am
Might cause arguments between the parent and child. Parent feels guilty for taking someone away from her friends and source of fun. Arguments would weaken the relationship. Parent would have to monitor child for long times, or provide other activities, when she's got more than enough to be getting on with. Would be impossible to keep child away from laptop, console, and phone/tablet (which has pocket MC), plus other devices. Just some problems there.
  • candle_
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 36
  • Artisan Botanist
  • September 12, 2013, 9:25 am
Yeah I get what you're saying but I just have a different opinion on this. It's just fairly easy to make sure your kid isn't on the computer or whatnot. Not thaaaaat easy, but still, if the kid is blatantly disrespecting their parents, there is a problem. I think the whole "technology taking over" thing is a bit of an exaggeration and it's something you just need to adapt to a bit. Technology is vital, but you need to balance it with "Reality"
  • Gello45
  • Level 13
  • Journeyman Narwhal
  • September 7, 2013, 10:42 pm
Wow, one blog has changed my entire view on the internet, and more importantly, the computer.
From now on I'm going to do something completely different with my internet life, and be more in real life.
I now understand what my parents think, looking at me. Fortunately, since someone in the family swears a lot, they don't mind unless it's really rude, but I still think they care. I feel horrible. I need to change my life tomorrow.

Regards,
Gello45
  • blakerdude12
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Network
  • September 10, 2013, 2:27 am
You said it
  • amtrist
  • Level 13
  • Journeyman Fish
  • September 6, 2013, 6:47 am
I feel the girl is me in a way... the age and the addiction...
  • Hiding
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • September 6, 2013, 4:24 am
This is horribly depressing, but still with school on the way (or highschool for me) a lot of us will be cutting back on are Minecraft playing.
  • Seivelath
  • Level 22
  • Expert Network
  • September 6, 2013, 4:23 am
God...
My brain, has gone on holiday to think about this.
I shall rip my hand into that iPad, take out a shiny blue rock, and give it to you, before I pay you to buy a new iPad so you don't sue.
  • pichuiis
  • Level 33
  • Artisan Explorer
  • September 5, 2013, 7:14 pm
Oh no that's me in this- the girl. Oh god ;-; the horror of my life. Luckly I have school which is good and bad :/
  • Artificial
  • Level 7
  • Apprentice Explorer
  • September 5, 2013, 4:17 pm
that's so completely sad.... now I know how my mom feels when I'm sitting inside playing on MY laptop all day. Is that why all summer she's been bugging me to go out and do something? Even if it's just going to a store or car wash? D: I feel terrible
  • IceAndMc
  • Level 8
  • Apprentice Engineer
  • September 5, 2013, 4:07 pm
I think this just changed my life...
That's sad D:

Blame Notch for making the game D:
  • hatten33
  • Level 27
  • Expert Architect
  • September 5, 2013, 1:59 pm
Basically, this is true, however, Minecraft isnt the worst game to play... It helps develop creativity and can grow to bigger things (Running a server [Money Management, People Skills] Coding [Plugins + Mods] And a greater understanding of architecture.) Just a thought;
  • bebopper5
  • Level 27
  • Expert Ninja
  • September 28, 2013, 3:58 am
All games are equally as bad. Minecraft is just like a polished version of the same crap. Call of Duty is (arguably) worse, yet you can't and shouldn't attempt to justify one with the another.
  • UnicornDancer
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Crafter
  • September 5, 2013, 1:39 pm
so true im always on my phone......... i have a problem
  • ycooldog
  • Level 23
  • Expert Explorer
  • September 5, 2013, 1:37 pm
i think that is him except the girl part and he is prop older
  • billsterrulez
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Button Pusher
  • September 5, 2013, 10:53 am
F*** and Motherf***** are just words people need to get over that
  • blakerdude12
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Network
  • September 10, 2013, 2:28 am
They're actually abbreviations for a place or something...Can't remember.
  • billsterrulez
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Button Pusher
  • September 10, 2013, 11:10 am
i was censoring the naughty words its not an abbrieviation!
  • blakerdude12
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Network
  • September 10, 2013, 1:57 pm
I'm not saying you abbreviated it, I'm saying that the words are abbreviations for something.
  • tynnoel99
  • Level 36
  • Artisan Artist
  • November 4, 2013, 10:35 am
They aren't
  • blakerdude12
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Network
  • November 4, 2013, 2:11 pm
Oh, and I'm sure "gay" never meant "happy" either. Learn your origins.
  • tynnoel99
  • Level 36
  • Artisan Artist
  • November 5, 2013, 6:56 am
And I'm not saying gay never meant happy. It did and still does, but is not used because it became more used by homosexuals - as a nice word for themselves - and people didn't want to get confused.
  • blakerdude12
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Network
  • November 5, 2013, 11:30 am
F.U.C.K. - It comes from ancient England a person could not have sex unless you had consent of the King (unless you were in the Royal Family). When anyone wanted to have a baby, they got consent of the King, the King gave them a placard that they hung on their door while they were having sex. The placard had F.*.*.*. (Fornication Under Consent of the King) on it. Now you know where that came from. :)
  • tynnoel99
  • Level 36
  • Artisan Artist
  • November 9, 2013, 1:38 pm
If you say so... OK :)
  • Catena
  • Level 1
  • New Crafter
  • September 5, 2013, 9:15 am
This is sad... yet so true. The ipad, computer, and other devices had made our lives, sort of sad, if we spend every minute on technology.

This is also why half of America is lazy, because of technology.
This blog is truly amazing.
  • Zoralink
  • Level 29
  • Expert Button Pusher
  • September 5, 2013, 4:41 am
Amazingly true, I once saw a five-year old with an Ipad. Worrying.
My cousin bought her son the latest iPad at 2 years old
  • Zoralink
  • Level 29
  • Expert Button Pusher
  • September 6, 2013, 1:23 am
You are joking. You must be.
I kid you not sir. First he was walking around with a nabi dropping it all over the place,but I guess my cousin thought he was "responsible" enough for an iPad.
  • lolartiom
  • Level 4
  • Apprentice Network
  • September 5, 2013, 3:53 am
I feel so sad for you my friend =[
65th diamond... :)

Great blog... So sad, yet very very true. Almost every kid these days has a laptop or a mobile phone/gaming console.

What has technology done to us? :(
  • Samakes
  • Level 49
  • Master Answer
  • September 4, 2013, 4:30 pm
D': I love this. This is all so true, and it is sad. Why are people so amazed at why people are getting fatter, lazier, and dumber?
  • MC_Projects
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Archer
  • September 4, 2013, 12:29 pm
This is so wrong, you spelt Nickelodeon wrong XP
I'm 12, I still use my Legos
  • hatten33
  • Level 27
  • Expert Architect
  • September 5, 2013, 1:59 pm
I'm 15 and I still use my Legos XD
  • [Colors]
  • Level 49
  • Master Batman
  • September 4, 2013, 9:41 am
This is so true. Many children act this way and their parents feel neglected. Usually its the other way around. Excellent blog man, now take my blue rock.
  • xXPecuniamXx
  • Level 8
  • Apprentice Miner
  • September 4, 2013, 2:39 pm
Blue rock...YOU MEAN METH??? I know I know ive been watching to much breaking bad D:
  • [Colors]
  • Level 49
  • Master Batman
  • September 4, 2013, 2:43 pm
._.
  • xXPecuniamXx
  • Level 8
  • Apprentice Miner
  • September 4, 2013, 9:10 am
Also Minecraft is my life, if Minecraft wasn't here I would probably have been dead right now.
  • biggles982
  • Level 9
  • Apprentice Fisherman
  • September 4, 2013, 1:12 pm
Thats completely rhetorical ..
  • xXPecuniamXx
  • Level 8
  • Apprentice Miner
  • September 4, 2013, 9:08 am
Only an $800 laptop? What type of parent are you planing on being. Also two screens is best if you building if you don't have to monitors because you can put up your build reference picture on the other screen and still keep Minecraft open instead of having t exit every so often to look at your build reference picture.
  • SlipB
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • September 4, 2013, 7:55 am
Soggy, when I first saw your blogs I thought you were just another generic blogger. It turns out that you're one of the best here. Have my diamond.
  • SoggyTractor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Spelunker
  • September 4, 2013, 9:27 am
This means a lot coming from you. Fanks man :')
  • SnowyOxygen
  • Level 21
  • Expert Architect
  • September 4, 2013, 6:54 am
Story. Of. My. Life.
  • Hisa
  • Level 32
  • Artisan Princess
  • September 4, 2013, 4:54 am
If I Were I Parent I would Teach them How To Watch Anime
  • VeryMadCrafter
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Slime Tamer
  • September 4, 2013, 4:08 am
Is it even related to minecraft?

No offense, your other blogs are awesome...
  • SoggyTractor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Spelunker
  • September 4, 2013, 4:32 am
Yes, you should see Minecraft mentioned several times in there. Plus it's all about addiction to *Minecraft*.

Thanks.
  • Eeirail
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 33
  • Artisan Wolf Whisperer
  • September 3, 2013, 8:49 pm
The only sad thing is you let it get that bad, it is parental guidance that is at fault, just like all things with children, they will go overboard if not rationed out, over eating, over-thinking, sometimes over-working themselves unless boundaries are set. As a ten year old, she is not ready to take complete control of her life and so she does it doing something she knows she can do.
  • xXPecuniamXx
  • Level 8
  • Apprentice Miner
  • September 4, 2013, 9:09 am
I'm pretty sure this was a made up story...read the title.
  • hatten33
  • Level 27
  • Expert Architect
  • September 5, 2013, 2:00 pm
Be it real or not, he has a point...
Yeah. Videogames and the technology these days makes everybody zombified. It's bad to let little kids play and be on the computer all the time. Leads to obesity and dumbness. That's why there are so many electronics. The government wants to dumb you down so that you are easier to control. And the fact that she made that joke about have two extra lives or something, does concern me. She's starting to think that life is just one big videogame. Which it is not. You should really limit the time that she's on the electronics. Unless it's her mp3 player. Also, being on the electronics a lot will teach her stupid things about life and how she should be. Like, if she watches a lot of t.v or videos (other than Minecraft) she might learn that it's alright to just go party your ass off and screw as many guys as you want even if u already have a boyfriend. I don't know if u live in the U.S but tv here and movies here have that message in it. I've seen it. So, guard your children. I think I should make a blog about this.
  • xXPecuniamXx
  • Level 8
  • Apprentice Miner
  • September 4, 2013, 9:12 am
Life is one big videogame...what's our goal in life? Grow up work hard have kids...die. Each of us is just a pawn playing there own version of the videogame we call life.
  • [Colors]
  • Level 49
  • Master Batman
  • September 4, 2013, 9:42 am
You have such blurred views pecunsack.
Just to let u know, I'm 19.

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