Telephone Cords and Tin Cans

My husband scored two Nintendo DS’s from a co-worker. With her boys in high school she was all too happy to give them away and our boys in elementary school we were all too happy to receive them.

The kids couldn’t believe their good fortune. Even at their young ages they recognize that their parents are late adopters of technology. They explored and played and then discovered a little feature called “Pictochat” which lets them text their friends who also have DS’s. Cool except it only works if the other DS is “in range”. They couldn’t wait to try this out with their friends across the street. The four kids were able to figure it out by talking on the old fashioned land line first. They finally figured out that “in range” meant that both sets of kids had to stand at their front doors. They may have been wireless but they weren’t very mobile. It reminded me of the kitchen phone every household had: the one with the mile long cord – early mobility.

The kids did their Picto-chat until they exhausted all the ways to say hello and draw funny faces of each other. They still love the DS but they haven’t revisited Pictochat. I guess that’s because it’s about as convenient as talking on a corded telephone or a tin can on a string. Instead they ask me to text their friend’s moms or they just cross the street themselves – even better.

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