The Modern Day Christmas Wish List


There is no denying that technology is here to stay and will continue to infiltrate all facets of our life. But I find it a bit sad that this has already happened to our children. Check out the above infographic from Nielsen that Unplggd shared with us.. This is the Christmas Wish List for kids 6-12 years old! All electronics and gadgets!

Are we fighting a downhill battle against the desires of children who want more than just to be entertained? In college I read the book, Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman and this was written in the pre-internet and cell phone days of 1985 and railed against the dangers of television and how it impacts public discourse. What would Mr. Postman say about todays digital age?

I know our son will love technology and gadgets (every kid does including myself) but I hope he also values the joy in receiving a gift that doesn’t have a touch screen.

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  • Anonymous
    19 Nov ’11 at 9:18 am

    It’s a little bit sad that no-one wants a bike or a puppy but at least with some of the devices there’s some emphasis on creativity. Sort of? And e- readers are still books no? All I want for Christmas is a sleep in.

    • Built by Kids
      21 Nov ’11 at 12:41 am

      I second the sleep in!

      Anything digital even if it does pitch itself as creative is still sitting and looking at a screen, which I think we do enough of already. Who are these parents who can also afford all of these types of gadgets? Kinda shocking to me. – Timothy

  • Janis Carrasquel
    9 Dec ’11 at 7:24 am

    I like technology too, but how a kid will learn about his or her own capabilities if don´t go out and do all the old fashioned games like climbing trees or getting muddy playing soccer or football?  The world it´s needing some balance