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(Opposing Views)   It's official, American kids prefer plastic to nature   (opposingviews.com) divider line 68
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2013-10-26 01:14:07 AM
Pretty sure that isn't unique to American kids, subs.
 
2013-10-26 01:15:33 AM
We should totally trust CompanionAnimalPsychology.com.  They sound legit.
 
2013-10-26 01:17:30 AM
Sounds legit.
 
2013-10-26 01:19:15 AM
That's what I love about Opposing Views. They have a lot of views AND they oppose.
 
2013-10-26 01:19:54 AM
No real childhood is complete without playing with Army Men in the woods or at the beach
 
2013-10-26 01:21:06 AM
www.opposingviews.com

terrified girl in the back, and bleeding-ears are best.
 
2013-10-26 01:21:54 AM
I read that three times, and it seems like they're getting their premise from a commercial for a toy store... But that can't be right.
 
2013-10-26 01:22:15 AM
So we're doing psychology research in a Toys R' Us commerical?

I didn't know research was just this easy! Next week I'll find the cure for a cold using Craig's List.
 
2013-10-26 01:22:31 AM
You mean kids *aren't* excited at the prospect of playing with sticks and leaves?? Shocking!
 
2013-10-26 01:27:45 AM

fusillade762: You mean kids *aren't* excited at the prospect of playing with sticks and leaves?? Shocking!


Seriously it's like people forget they were children once. (Thinks to herself) Wait they're clones so they never had a childhood.
 
2013-10-26 01:28:02 AM
This thread is dildos?
 
2013-10-26 01:30:58 AM
Well, yeah, when you hover over kids when out-of-doors, freak out when they get a little dirt or mud on them, and never allow them out of your sight, they may just pick up on that. Outside = too much trouble.

Not that I've been awesome at introducing my kids to nature, though. Gotta do better.
 
2013-10-26 01:31:58 AM
I don't care if it rains or freezes as long as I have a plastic Jesus on the dashboard of my car.
 
2013-10-26 01:32:21 AM

SpdrJay: This thread is dildos?


I thought "fake boobs"?
 
2013-10-26 01:34:09 AM

LordJiro: Pretty sure that isn't unique to American kids, subs.


Nor is it a new attitude.  When I was a kid, if you gave me a choice between looking at trees and going to a toy store and picking any toy I want for free, there's no contest.  'cause there were some expensive toys I wanted and would never get but trees will be there tomorrow.
 
2013-10-26 01:35:14 AM
 
2013-10-26 01:39:02 AM
Remember kids, i.imgur.com
 
2013-10-26 01:40:43 AM
Yeah they would have reacted the same way if the "field guide" said free bunnies!
 
2013-10-26 01:42:06 AM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: I read that three times, and it seems like they're getting their premise from a commercial for a toy store... But that can't be right.


This. It's a farking commercial for Toys R Us. Of course it would be done such that kids would go crazy when told that they're going to Toys R Us for a free toy.  This is one of the more perplexing "articles" I've seen lately.
 
2013-10-26 01:44:17 AM
I had both. I grew up spending summers in a very rural setting with easy access to wilderness. Yet I was a bike ride from a town center. Back then the dollar stores were called "People's". I went there and bought lots of plastic soldiers with parachutes and stuff. I played with them outside tossing them in the air or at trees, climbing to retrieve them, etc..

While doing that I saw berries, mushrooms, all kinds of bugs, frogs, the farm next door (the farmer's daughter...), etc.

Why is everything so segmented and rigid now?
 
2013-10-26 01:51:41 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: I had both. I grew up spending summers in a very rural setting with easy access to wilderness. Yet I was a bike ride from a town center. Back then the dollar stores were called "People's". I went there and bought lots of plastic soldiers with parachutes and stuff. I played with them outside tossing them in the air or at trees, climbing to retrieve them, etc..

While doing that I saw berries, mushrooms, all kinds of bugs, frogs, the farm next door (the farmer's daughter...), etc.

Why is everything so segmented and rigid now?


New and improved ways of entertaining kids + media scaremongering and overhype of external threats + general laziness = kids today?
 
2013-10-26 01:57:15 AM
Well duh! Wood toys are for the kids of deranged parents who live in a shack in the woods, home school, and believe that Obama is Satan.
 
2013-10-26 01:59:27 AM
i.huffpost.com
 
2013-10-26 02:05:19 AM

WxGuy1: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: I read that three times, and it seems like they're getting their premise from a commercial for a toy store... But that can't be right.

This. It's a farking commercial for Toys R Us. Of course it would be done such that kids would go crazy when told that they're going to Toys R Us for a free toy.  This is one of the more perplexing "articles" I've seen lately.


It's even more retarded than that.  The actual ARTICLE itself references a scientific study (as opposed to a commercial for a shiatty retailer) that says kids DON'T prefer plastic to nature - they spent more time playing with the wildlife when presented the option than the toys.

Stupid headline is stupid.
 
2013-10-26 02:08:24 AM

Zeb Hesselgresser: SpdrJay: This thread is dildos?

I thought "fake boobs"?


Yeah I assumed this was going to be about boobs, too. Imagine my relief...
 
2013-10-26 02:13:28 AM

optikeye:


We all floating...
 
2013-10-26 02:14:35 AM

SpdrJay: This thread is dildos?


Aaaaah, is funny!
 
2013-10-26 02:15:47 AM
Diggin' the SC cheerleader at the bottom of TFA.
 
2013-10-26 02:18:53 AM
calvinandhobbesagain.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-10-26 02:19:05 AM

Buggar: Yeah they would have reacted the same way if the "field guide" said free bunnies!


Kids would probably shake the bunnies to death.
 
2013-10-26 02:23:56 AM
FTFA: The commercial unintentionally sends the message that the kids prefer plastic toys over nature, says Salon.com.

Unintentionally? No, I think it's pretty intentional. And kind of funny, because it's generally true. There's nothing wrong with the commercial. It falls into the same vein as the hilarious back-to-school commercial that Staples runs every year (the Staples commercial is much funnier IMHO).

What I have a problem with is that Salon.com felt that it had to point out the "unintentional" aspect of the commercial, which apparently meant that somebody at Salon.com doesn't see the humor in it, and that OV felt it needed to report on what Salon.com had to say. And now, because they did that, and because subby had to go and jump on the bandwagon, now we're in here commenting on the article about the article about the commercial. Apparently, Salon.com has unintentionally caused us to waste our time.
 
2013-10-26 02:25:19 AM
dpete13.files.wordpress.com

/really, I'm the first?
 
2013-10-26 02:27:17 AM
Opposing Views is the new Daily Mail.
 
2013-10-26 02:29:50 AM
So you teach your kids that nature is boring, you bring them up in a plastic world.... then act surprised at the results?
 
2013-10-26 02:30:38 AM
Terrible article and shame on subby.

Also, who wouldn't give up a day in the forest for PERMANENTLY picking any toy they wanted? I love nature now and did as a child. I'll still take the free toy.
 
2013-10-26 02:35:44 AM

Notabunny: SpdrJay: This thread is dildos? your plastic pal who's fun to be with!


You'll be among the first ones up against the walls when the revolution comes.
 
2013-10-26 02:36:13 AM
I think people need to remember that these responses are trained.  In some alternate reality where kids are bombarded with images that playing outside and building forts out of tree branches is the "coolest", and only "losers" play with plastic toys, you might find a different reaction from a group of random kids.

/ I was successfully trained as a kid to love toys
 
2013-10-26 02:39:11 AM

NDP2: Notabunny: SpdrJay: This thread is dildos? your plastic pal who's fun to be with!

You'll be among the first ones up against the walls when the revolution comes.


beauty
 
2013-10-26 02:40:39 AM

Wizard Drongo: WxGuy1: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: I read that three times, and it seems like they're getting their premise from a commercial for a toy store... But that can't be right.

This. It's a farking commercial for Toys R Us. Of course it would be done such that kids would go crazy when told that they're going to Toys R Us for a free toy.  This is one of the more perplexing "articles" I've seen lately.

It's even more retarded than that.  The actual ARTICLE itself references a scientific study (as opposed to a commercial for a shiatty retailer) that says kids DON'T prefer plastic to nature - they spent more time playing with the wildlife when presented the option than the toys.

Stupid headline is stupid.


I'm just glad they included that much real information.

I do fear that someday soon, the majority of people will have been brought up with little to no exposure to the natural world, and thus there will no longer be a majority in favor of preserving areas like national parks/forests.  Hopefully it doesn't happen until after I'm dead...
 
2013-10-26 02:41:05 AM
I'd have liked to have seen their reaction to the option of a free rifle to play with in the woods.
 
2013-10-26 02:48:56 AM

ladyfortuna: Wizard Drongo: WxGuy1: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: I read that three times, and it seems like they're getting their premise from a commercial for a toy store... But that can't be right.

This. It's a farking commercial for Toys R Us. Of course it would be done such that kids would go crazy when told that they're going to Toys R Us for a free toy.  This is one of the more perplexing "articles" I've seen lately.

It's even more retarded than that.  The actual ARTICLE itself references a scientific study (as opposed to a commercial for a shiatty retailer) that says kids DON'T prefer plastic to nature - they spent more time playing with the wildlife when presented the option than the toys.

Stupid headline is stupid.

I'm just glad they included that much real information.

I do fear that someday soon, the majority of people will have been brought up with little to no exposure to the natural world, and thus there will no longer be a majority in favor of preserving areas like national parks/forests.  Hopefully it doesn't happen until after I'm dead...


Sunshine! Lollipops! & Rainbows!!
 
2013-10-26 03:10:49 AM

blottoman: Sunshine! Lollipops! & Rainbows!!


You're hilarious.

I just prefer rocks and trees to people most of the time, mm'kay?
 
2013-10-26 03:11:04 AM
"I hate nature."

deecrowseer.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-10-26 03:41:26 AM
Came for Calvin & Hobbes, leaving satisfied.
 
2013-10-26 03:59:17 AM
"The commercial unintentionally sends the message that the kids prefer plastic toys over nature, says Salon.com."

There is nothing unintentional about it, kids do prefer a toy store. It's a farking advertisement people, try not to read to much into it.
 
2013-10-26 04:09:20 AM

UsikFark: Buggar: Yeah they would have reacted the same way if the "field guide" said free bunnies!

Kids would probably shake the bunnies to death.


Nope, they'd love them and squeeze them and call them George, probably with exactly the same result.
 
2013-10-26 04:12:01 AM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: I read that three times, and it seems like they're getting their premise from a commercial for a toy store... But that can't be right.


Yes, strangely, a commercial proves that kids would rather go to the store the commercial is advertising for than go to an unnamed boring field that the store is not advertising for.

I'm sure it's horrifyingly obvious to anyone except "Opposing Views" that a commercial created by, say, Sea World would prove kids would rather watch dolphins frolick in the water than go to a toy store...and a commercial created by the Park Service would show kids having orgasms at spending the day at the beach instead of inside all day playing Grand Theft Auto EleventyFive.

But must sell those clicks!
 
2013-10-26 04:21:04 AM
I thought kids preferred glowing screens to plastic?
 
2013-10-26 04:26:51 AM
But, but, my Weighted Companion Cube® loves me.
 
2013-10-26 05:01:56 AM
Unfortunately, a lot of their fathers do, too:

static.thehollywoodgossip.com
 
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