But like im younger soooooo
Ayyyyyyy, I’m 16!
Mid-thirties here, and I admit I have kids and a job
Heck grandpa and I used to hunt bronrtosauraus for all the clan rituals.
I’m 19 with the mind of another dumber 19 year old
I’m 19, started using YYE forums when I was 13-14? Around the time I was 15 was been the forums were really booming and there were a lot of people around my age and under 20-25 active on the forums back then.
When it comes to discussing toys, I think we’re all essentially little kids. Just that some of us may have more $$ to buy more toys. Yoyos are a great equalizer.
I’m 53, but in terms of yoyo experience I’m only 4 months old (I don’t count the yoyoing I did as a kid forty years ago). I don’t think one ever truly outgrows their love of toys unless they’ve completely lost their ability to experience fun.
I will say, though, that it bugs me a little when people refer to yoyos as “just toys” as if to marginalize and trivialize them; to deny them any weight of importance just because they aren’t essential to survival or necessary for satisfying adult responsibilities. I would counter-argue that yoyoing can be a highly valuable activity, if taken even a little bit seriously, every bit as much as regular exercise (both physical and mental). This elevates them in my mind from “just toys” to (potentially) “useful instruments”.
Toys are instruments of imagination and learning. What’s wrong with that? If someone doesn’t get it , I guess it’s good not to be them.
In the end though I think they are just toys. I, as a yoyo enthusiast, would feel stupid calling a yoyo an instrument. You can do a lot of crazy things with the toy but… it’s a toy.
I’m the president of the Billiards Club at my university and I love pool, but it’s just a game, I’m not going to call it a sport because it’s not.
Did you just call me stupid? LOL
I mean I did say “I” would feel stupid. You can feel proud telling people you play with an “instrument of imagination, learning, and creativity” but I won’t be doing that anytime soon
Well, you’re absolutely free to not regard pool a sport, but the World Confederation of Billiards Sports (and much of its membership) would probably disagree with you. I realize it is a matter of perspective, but I just think trivializing and/or marginalizing a high-skill activity is not only a bit disingenuous, it is less than constructive when it comes to expanding its reach and building a buttress against the shame-culture that adults face any time they admit to enjoying something regarded as childish by the uninitiated.
Well done on that speech sir!
It’s alright @andy569, I know how you are. (hehe)
I often don’t tell them anything at all, it’s my understanding that matters, not theirs. Then again, I might ask them how they can do some of the odd things they do and how it differs from my yoyoing. Usually, they’re speechless.