By Jennifer Bailey
We have all heard the phrase, “When I was your age,” at least once in life, but now we are the ones saying it to a younger generation. Times have definitely changed. With all the world events and new technology coming out, today is a place we could only dream of as kids. How similar is today’s generation with ours? Turns out, we are more similar than we think. Let’s compare and contrast one inevitable aspect of childhood, making friends.
School was a major source of friendships. As kiddos we spent most of our waking hours there. We had recess with other kids, classes and lunches. It was easy to form a quick bond.
When you weren’t at school you were at home outside playing. Riding bikes, swinging, or any other hijinks we could find. Usually some of the classmates from school lived near by and we would wait for the bis together and the like. Added bonus to neighborhood friendships is they weren’t necessarily all the same age as you. I still have close friends from my neighborhood that are a year or two younger.
Sports and extracurricular activities were big back in the day. School related or youth center groups put together a team of people with a common interest. Easy to make pals as you have a common goal and spend fun times together.
Multiplayer games were a way to form bonds with people. Back then, games like “Pokemon,” “Magic the Gathering,” and “Dungeons and Dragons” brought people with like interests together. Many times friendships were formed and the games turned into just hanging out.
As we got older, we had hang out spots, like the mall or movie theater. It was easy to make friends there as well. Hang out spots were also great for networking. If your friend had another friend they introduced you to, many times you would also become pals or at least meet a new person.
School is still a major source of friendships. The common interest of classes is timeless.
The neighborhood is still rocking for the younger kids especially. You don’t see as many older kids or teens out, but they still form bonds with the neighbor kids around their age.
Sports and extracurricular activities still play a major role in today’s youth and many friendships are formed out on the field.
As technology advanced, so did the evolution of friendships. Now, people can sit at home and play a countless number of games without stepping outside. For example, “World of Warcraft” requires players to group up with people to complete quests, raids or dungeons. That can lead to relationships with the people you group with. There is also guilds, which for lack of a better term, is like your online family. These relationships can be strong and lead to real-life friendships.
Hang-out spots are still popular, but networking has changed a bit. With the introduction of social media, that is now a lot easier. You can see people with like interests and friends with one easy click. In short, today’s youth still make friendships in many of the same ways, even if the methods have changed slightly.