The Evolution of Toys

Article by: Kyle Kim

There is constant evolution of the technology that surrounds us: from video consoles to telecommunication devices, each piece of technology seems to infinitely update to newer and more advanced versions once unthinkable by the people of the past. One aspect of any child’s mundane life that saw a great deal of technological evolution is toys.

In the past, toys as simple as wooden board games or dolls with buttons for eyes seemed to be enough to not only capture the attention of children, but also allow them to have fun. But as years have passed, toys have become newer, better, and made the novel trinkets we used to pass the time with seem like “junk”.

wowwee-mip-robotOur toy guns that “shot” tiny rays of light have been replaced with automatic Nerf guns that shoot several bullets per second. The ragdolls we would drag around with us before bedtime have transformed into lifelike “mini-me’s” that respond to what we say or do. Even our mere action figurines have been trampled over by robots that dance and perform tricks. Overall it is most certainly evident that there has been a trend towards increasing the interaction, or rather, the extent to which a consumer can enjoy a toy.

At ISM some students were saddened by the whole charade. Sophomore Shani S. could not bear the thought that “the toys [we] knew and love will soon be disappearing like a simple trend that goes away in time.” Conversely, other students were amazed and excited. Sophomore Jiwon C. comments that she is fascinated by the improvements “toys are able to demonstrate so clearly.”article-0-1ADAD65300000578-781_634x545

However, Jiwon comments that this evolution is far from revolutionary, as the changes toys have undergone, “are unnoticeable and not important to general daily life.” This is an opinion shared by many other students like 10th grader Akshay S. who continued that toys also “drain time from precious studying sessions” and thus should not be a concern. Nonetheless, there are still nostalgic students like Shani who believe that toys are important as they impact how a child will “grow up to be.” Senior Mari Guzman agrees with this statement by saying that her toys “are an important part of [her] childhood that [she] will never forget.”

Although some students are not thrilled by the technological enhancements installed into toys over the past years, it should be remembered that these high-tech toys are simply meant to improve upon old toys and are a great means to not only entertain children, but also educate them about technology. As long as children learn to use such toys, their knowledge of technology can only grow. Some view this as spoiling children, but so long as parents discipline their kids and refrain from showering them with whatever they want, the degree to which their toys are technologically advanced should not pejoratively affect who they will grow up to be. Overall, the updating of toys is just a testament to how the children of today are truly living in the “technological generation.”