Joe Pedrick

Waban, MA, United States

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Joe Pedrick
Posted about 3 years ago
Is the "demise of guys" a harbinger for the demise of human development?
Well, I am still not convinced. You say when they play they are "nothing more than marauders and pillagers in a fantasy world.". That sounds like you don't really know what they are doing. When my son plays online, it is much more than that. They all have mics and earphones and they play in an online community. From your response you say only that wii "allows" for social interactions, which I guess means you've never seen it done, or done it yourself. I love to sit with my son when he plays wii. Believe me, again, they are much mot pre than "marauders and pillagers in a fantasy world." i I think you are referring to fantasy games, which my son doesn't like. They play sports games and realistic war games, and, rather than "marauders and pillagers in a fantasy world," they are comedians, team-mates, sometimes they break into song -- whatever the latest pop tune is -- then they laugh at each others singing voices, and they talk about the soccer game earlier that day -- e.g., nice goal; they smile widely, they have a blast. The game is the background to their conversation. I gues the only thing missing is seeing each there faces, but with FaceTime and Skype technology, it can't be too long until that is included too. Certainly they would love to be able to see their friends' faces. It's just a question of technology catching up. So they are on xbox; their mother's are on Facebook, or for some of them there mothers are on here professizing. The difference is that the boys aren't talking about how terrible it is that their mom's are online on Facebook here. They are such great spirits these boys. If it's fun for you to theorize about how their online life is decrying something, go on ahead. From what I have seen, They are full-of-life, spirited, hilarious, irreverent, etc etc., and all this comes through loud and clear in their online interactions with each other. It is a great improvement over the past. And they are so FUNNY with each other.
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Joe Pedrick
Posted about 3 years ago
Is the "demise of guys" a harbinger for the demise of human development?
My two cents. Cent 1. Isn't it uncomfortable that you all are lamenting how much time boys spend in onlin games, and then you all are spending, it seems, equal or greater amounts of time online here communicating with people you only know digitally? By you own logic, you shouldn't be here interacting with digital people; you should be out in the real world interacting with your families, friends etc. So boys like online games. You like online games too -- except your game is this forum. Cent 2. Have any of you actually played any of these games? It sounds like you haven't. They are highly social and spontaneous. My son play, and it is not him vs the game, as you seem to think. He plays xbox and connects to the Internet, thereby playing with other young people (mainly boys but occasional girls). He wears headphones. They have teams and play against other teams. They talk, they laugh, they trash talk, they strategize. He meets people from all over the world. There is more spontaneous interaction there than in this forum to be honest. Honestly I don't think you have seen how this actually works. It is much more spontaneous and social than watching TV. I wish I had these games when I was a kid.