The Japanese Twitter-sphere was abuzz recently with the talk and opinions about young kids taking advantage of their cell phones while playing the classic game hide-and-seek. The discussion was kicked off when one internet user posted about seeing the kids’ modern take on the game at a local park, where they use their phones as tools to find each other.
The tweet that kicked off the discussion came from user @YsK439, “I saw some kids playing hide-and-seek in the park. One of them was phoning the kid who was hiding, but that’s just plain wrong! (lol). Since when did hide-and-seek become information warfare!? LOL”. With the observation getting re-tweeted over 3,200 times, others replied with comments like, “This is the state of modern-day hide-and-seek, folks! These kids are digital natives!,” based on the idea that these children were born in an age when people are very nearly given cell phones right after coming out of the womb. More Twitter users took the idea further, coming up with deceptive strategies that could be used: “Throwing them off the scent by putting your phone in a different place wouldn’t be a bad idea,” and “I’m playing hide-and-seek now! (Tweet fake location information).”
In the end, the internet commenters were hardly negative about the kids’ incorporating modern tech devices into the ageless game, while many were impressed by their ingenuity in bringing the game into the digital age. Besides, at least these kids are still up and running around while using their phones in the game, as opposed to just sitting around and jointly playing a hide-and-seek app on their iPhones.
[via Rocket News]