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  • Writer's pictureCory Morrison

Christmas: How Would an 8-Year-Old Me Enjoy iPads and iPhones?

Updated: Sep 15, 2023

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With Christmas and the present time approaching, I thought about what my childhood was like and how life has changed since then to come up with something fun. That is, how would I have enjoyed something that didn't exist in my childhood if I was a child today?

Let's review iPads and iPhones.

iPads and iPhones

Traditional Photography and Videography Back Then vs. Today

When I look at stuff that exists today, iPads and iPhones especially stand out for me.

When I was a kid, I remember my mother taking pictures at events and then begging her to go to Walmart as soon as possible to get the photos from our camera. In addition, I remember always wanting my parents to videotape parties and get-togethers because it was "So cool to be on TV".

Relate this to the intense, obsessive interests with autism, and it is easy to see why I would have gotten superbly obsessed with iPads and iPhones if they existed in my day.

Autism:iPads and iPhones?iPad
(Photo credit: Francois Hoang on Unsplash)

Twenty years ago, when I was eight, it required work and time to simply be on a screen. Plus, my childhood self obviously couldn't walk to Walmart for the photo process on my own or properly put a videotape on a VCR or DVD.

To think that with iPads and iPhones, all I need to do is press buttons and use simple tools to edit photos and videos would've fascinated me two decades ago.

Features such as photo geotagging would have also fascinated me because it would mean people in the Greater Toronto Area could easily access my photos. Plus, I was intensely interested in maps and geography in those years.

Contacting Peers Outside of School

Autism: iPhone
(Photo credit: Bagus Hernawan on Unsplash)

As for my social life, I had an easier time making friends in my childhood, even with my quirks, but I obviously couldn't get together with them unless if I asked my parents to contact their parents through the home phone.

FaceTime, video calling, and audio calling friends in just a few clicks, would've meant the absolute world to me.

In my pre-teen years, I connected with peers online through Runescape (Yes, I was a huge addict in the mid-2000s when it was extremely popular) and MSN, but even those can't quite beat the iPad and iPhone's features.

Overall Thoughts

Children today may have missed out on some classic TV shows, trendy toys, some cool computer and video games, large wooden playgrounds, McDonald's ball pits, and the list goes on, but they get easy access to taking pictures, video recording and contacting friends, which makes up for that.

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