Many Americans were excited upon the release of the new PlayStation 4 PRO recently. Crowds lined up at stores across the country, planning to take hold of the newest game console, before it was out of stock. While watching news coverage on those who have decided to camp out in front of stores until opening hours, I wasn’t very surprised to see such behavior. I was, however, very surprised and appalled when witnessing an interview with one of the campers. I watched as a news anchor introduced a teenage boy whose mother let him skip 3 days of school so that he could get hold of a PS4 PRO. The boy’s mother kindly confirmed that she and her son would be camping out among the hundreds of people who were waiting to get a PS4 PRO.
What is wrong with that picture? I can understand a teenage boy’s desire for the PS4 PRO. It is one of the hottest items out on the market right now. I can also understand a mother’s desire to make sure that her teenage son is able to have one of the limited numbers of PS4s that are available. What I cannot understand is why someone would let their child skip school in order to obtain a material item such as the PS4 PRO. It isn’t used for educational purposes and it doesn’t rise in value over time. The PS4 is used for recreation. Gone are the days when kids need a valid reason to miss school. You don’t need to be sick or have a dentist appointment. Now, if you want to miss school, wait until the hottest toy is released in stores and you are home free.
By allowing such behavior, parents are teaching their children that games and toys are more important than an education. The result of that kind of parenting leads to a society full of individuals who cannot read, write or understand how much interest they are going to have to play back for their auto loans. I would like to think that a parent would find alternative means to making sure that their child has the latest gaming device if it is so important to them. Someone else can pick it up or the parent can camp out themselves while the child attends class. The possibilities if getting the PS4 PRO should not be limited to a child missing days out from school. In the end, when the PS4 PRO is no longer the hottest gaming device, I wonder if it will be worth the missed English, Calculus classes and not failed essay homework.
The disappointing thing is that the interview that I saw probably wasn’t the only case where a parent has allowed their child to skip school in the name of PlayStation. I am almost positive that this scenario took place all over the country during its release. By choosing non-productive recreation over education, parents are raising children who will not be that bright when they become adults themselves. It teaches children that games are more important than learning, which can, in turn, cause the son or daughter to duplicate the same parenting approach with their children. If this 21st-century parenting, then these decisions will repeat themselves and spiral out of control. That is a cause for concern.