Yep, it's horrible. Whilst in Portugal this summer I had dinner with a couple of female friends from my childhood. They told me some of the dates they go out with sit at a dinner table looking at their phones and texting, etc. WTF!
- that's impolite when a lady makes an effort to dress up to go out with you for an evening.
Most of my male cousins (I have about 30 in all) of my age like cars and some like bikes too, but the youngest who are in their 20's are only interested in cars which have Bluetooth and are Automatic, easy to drive, etc. with all the modern gizmos.
Said younger cousins father had a beautiful 1987 911 Carrera Turbo in California, which was an amazing car. I loved driving that when I was in my 20's.
His kids didn't want it, so out of revenge he sold it a couple of years ago, along with his 1968 Carrera 356 convertible.
Told him he should have given the 911 Turbo to me, I'd have looked after it, but by then it was too late!
I expect we'll have Prius GP someday and one of the skills will be how much you can text per lap.
Seriously though, the reasons for the decline in interest are today's draconian speeding laws, cars that are too complicated for teenagers to tinker on together with their fathers and fuel, etc. getting so much more expensive than in previous generations.
Fortunately my son who is 3 can already recognise a Skyline, or RX-7 and tell the difference between a performance car and one that isn't. He loves riding on his CRF50 with me and also on the Husky 450, sitting on the front. Why? Because it's loud & fast.
Just gotta get them hooked as early as possible. Go-carting will come when he's around 5 and it'll progress. He won't have a "smart" phone till he's an adult, these can make us stupid!
We don't have the TV hooked up to the wall and it's just a smallish flat screen. Kids should be outside playing around, getting bruised and being creative - whilst learning with other kids, not watching mindless TV, messaging their friends, or playing computer games.
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