Before Smartphones and Computers Kids Had Real Fun

Kids nowadays will just never understand.

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44 thoughts on “Before Smartphones and Computers Kids Had Real Fun

  1. Pingback: Before Smartphones and Computers Kids Had Real Fun | A Grateful Man

  2. These photos are amazing! They remind me of my own kid. Kids know how to have fun. They simply use their imaginations. Their ability to enjoy life does not hinge upon technology. Sure, they may enjoy tech when it’s presented to them ( my kid sure does), but only because it’s there. If it wasn’t there, they’d be fine.

    I’ve been thinking a lot about technology lately. I’m not anti- tech by any means. I love my computer; I love my internet. I love electronic music; digital art. There are some fascinating things going on in tech. I don’t begrudge anyone enjoying the things that it has to offer….

    HOWEVER. We’re not allowed to just *enjoy* it, are we? We’re FORCED to buy new shit we don’t need, just to ensure that we can keep doing basic things.Things that are already MORE than convenient for us. If Tech was focused on making our lives easier, they’d ease up a bit. They’d focus on implementing stuff that actually helps us and our planet. But it’s clearly not like that is it? Corporations say : ” We’ve invented this thing. Buy it, or we’ll make your life complicated. We’ll make your current way of life obsolete so that the simplest of tasks becomes impossible for you until you relent and BUY OUR PRODUCT.” Corporations couldn’t give a fuck about our convenience. They care primarily about making money. In this way, it’s hard for me to see technology as little more than a capitalist tool. And that sux, because there are obviously some brilliant individuals with great imaginations working on technological advancements. I want to be able to enjoy them. But I want to do so on MY terms, NOT the terms of some greedy, shortsighted, opportunistic corporation.

    Pardon the rant. But these photos are testament to the fact that we’ve lost the plot. Happiness is much simpler than we think. We want convenience….but what could be more convenient than growing our own food; working for ourselves in fields that maximise the potential of our natural talents? Who is preventing us from exploring these options? I wonder….

  3. I’m a 50’s baby, but I still grew up playing outside, climbing trees, swinging from the monkey bars, imagining a world I couldn’t see. But there was an innocence back then that we seem to have lost. Things that were unthinkable are now commonplace somewhere in the world, brought home to us in glorious technicolour by our TVs or computers. I guess that’s the price we pay for progress in other areas.
    Wonderful photos, Alk3r. Thank you. 🙂

  4. It is true that kids had good, healthy fun in the past. When I grew up we could ride our bikes to the park and roller skate on the street. These are things my own children cannot do. It is not all because of technology though, it is also due to a loss of freedom due to high volumes’ of traffic and higher levels of criminal activity and threats.

  5. What wonderful photos! A lot of these images I expect are of kids improvising play areas after the Second World War destroyed so much. How resourceful kids can be! are modern kids equally resourceful?

  6. Reblogged this on A Teacher's Reflections and commented:
    The best learning takes place outdoors, where children have to figure things out on their own. No parents or teachers to guide them. This is critical, divergent thinking. That is what astronauts need. So do artists and writers, musicians and scientists, doctors and teachers. Thinking outside of the box, using your hands, and having fun are the skills children need to learn and succeed. All those elements come alive in the greatest classroom of all — the outdoors.

  7. Wonderful photos showing the simple times of play and imagination. It’s still there today in our children only they’re more serious and don’t have the same freedoms we had. I found you by way of a re-blog of your post by Patricia Salamone at “The Writers Desk”. Thank you for sharing these with us. I shared on my social media. 🙂

  8. But — the germs! No safety helmets! No proper supervision! These pictures show children gleefully exploring and the world around them on their own terms.

    Wonderful!

  9. Oh, I enjoyed this so. I was a kid in the 1950s in a small town that still had hitching posts for horses and some unpaved streets. In many ways it was a 19th century childhood.
    Your photos really hit the mark.
    Thank you.

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