The 'PlayStation Generation'?

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1. A 'PlayStation Generation'?

 

Now, we’ve all heard of stereotypes. We all have one, maybe you don’t know what yours is yet, and maybe you do. We teenagers know ours: the ‘PlayStation Generation’. This means that thanks to a minute number of young people, we are all subjected to being thought of as lazy, ignorant teens who spend their lives watching television or playing video games.

 

Did you know that 100,000 hours was spent by teens on website movellas.com last month? That means that such a large amount of time was better spent online, compared to people lazing around watching television. Personally, I spend a huge chunk of my online-life on Movellas, and even more time on writing and reading. It was also said that 17% of teens in a poll said that they would be ‘embarrassed if their friends saw them with a book’. I frequently carry books and notepads around with me; I like reading and writing whenever I get the chance! I also attend a Creative Writing club that helps encourage students to get in touch with their creative side, whether that is poetry, novels or even writing screenplays! We now have 20 members, ranging from a sixth former all the way down to Year Sevens whom have only recently started at the school.

My younger sister, Niamh, is twelve, and reads much more than I had when I was her age. She also enjoys going outside and runs for an athletics club along with hundreds of other young people aged between 8 and 18. Especially after the London Olympics, which has encouraged plenty of youngsters to try out a new sport, including myself. 

I can understand why people think of us as lazy and obsessed with television, as the media is an aspect of life that we now cannot live without, but then again I know plenty of adults who play on games consoles, so why give the label solely to teens? It may be because technology is quite a new trend, which people associate with younger people because we seem to understand it more than adults. Another reason might be because of social networks, and how they are constantly linked to mobile phones and computers, drawing us into the web of people and photos and updates that slowly become more and more addictive. On the other hand, these networks are good for young novelists for that exact reason: we can share and expand our readership easily!

 

What I do know is that the label we have been given infuriates me, especially when I am grouped with the small percentage of teenagers whom play video games often. Yes, I spend a reasonable amount of time on the computer, but I also believe that spending such a long time online is a life wasted, so I make it my mission to make every single day count. I also know that my friends do the same. Plus, just because we spend our time on the computers doesn’t mean we’re playing games or writing mindless status updates; remember, plenty of books are virtual.

 

I’ve always enjoyed reading and writing, especially because my mother has encouraged me since a young age to read and express myself. I was bought every Harry Potter novel as soon as they were released. I was pushed towards a life within a book that I cherish so much. Books are many teenagers’ ways of escaping into another universe, each page a different world to be explored and enjoyed.

 

I think that even though stereotypes are a part of life, there should be more than one for us. We aren’t all obsessed with video games, and we don’t all spend our entire lives on computers and the Internet. A select few might like to, but if I were to speak for everyone like me, I would much prefer to be called a ‘Book Worm’ or any other form of the name. I, for one, am not part of the ‘PlayStation Generation’! 

 

-Chloe Smith

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