Not to date myself or anything, but I remember when kids were reluctant to go to summer camp because they didn't want to give up TVs and their record players. So this is my favorite story today, about how much more reluctant modern kids are, for the obvious reason:
For a generation used to texting, Facebook and YouTube , going away to sleepaway camp can be a bit unnerving. Many outdoor camps don't allow cell phones, laptops or iPods, and there is no computer lab for them to update their pages.
Many campers are "a little panicked" to part with their cell phones, said Tony Sparber, founder of New Image Camps, with locations in Florida and Pennsylvania. Some try to smuggle them in or bring more than one phone in case one is confiscated, he said.
The story notes that, once they get over the "disconnectedness," most of the kids actually start having fun with real face-to-face connectedness. But, alas, there is no happy ending:
So what happens when camp is over? Do teens give up texting? Or Facebook?
Not a chance. They have more friends.