Wednesday, 8 June 2011

I put away childish things

I don't seem to remember my parents being obsessed with who was top of the "Hit Parade", or finding Brutus jeans a "must-have" item, or needing to be an absolute ace when it came to Clackers when I was growing up.

So why are so many people who are old enough to know better (let's say 40+) so much in need of the latest Hollister sweatshirt, so desperate to download the latest game app or so enthusiastic about reading Harry Potter?

Apparently, such creatures are known as "Kidults" - grown-ups who don't see why they should put away childish things. They used to known as "mutton-dressed-as-lamb" which is, incidentally, a great idea for a fancy dress party if you're of a certain age.

But I'm not saying that all apps per se are childish - in fact, a recent report suggests that children these days only really know about those that aren't terribly useful, which is kind of reassuring.

2 comments:

Whisks said...

I don't remember my parents even noticing such things, either. But we're all getting younger, aren't we? 50 is the new 12 :)

Sue said...

When I had my infamous "mutton-dressed-as-lamb" party, I had to explain to my German friends what it entailed, as no such expression exists in German. I certainly see much less of it around here than in the US/UK but there is the odd ghastly exception.