We don’t have tv in the classic sense. We have Netflix and networked computers. So my girl is used to using a keyboard to play her shows and can navigate it pretty well. So, recently we were watching the news on the three digital channels that we do actually get on tv (from the antenna) and she needed to go to the bathroom. We got up to go. She walked over to the keyboard and hit the spacebar, ’cause that’s what she does to pause her shows.
Nothing happened. She did it again. Nothing. She furrowed her brow and tried one more time. Then looked at me and said, “Mama, the show’s broken. It’s not pausing.”
It was one of those moments when you realize that your upbringing and hers is totally different. She’s so in tune with our tech that to her it makes perfect sense that you can pause all your shows, whereas I never did. You left, you missed part of the show.
I know it’s a minor difference, but it’s illustrative of the greater differences between being a kid now, and being a kid then.