When I was a kid, I could turn on the TV all by myself. All I had to do was pull the button and turn the channel knob. I’m pretty sure I had this mastered by 3 years of age. At that age I didn’t have to decide what to watch, either there was 1 kid’s show on or there wasn’t.
Now there’s this huge universal remote control with hundreds of clicking options for finding something to watch. You can’t just hit the power button, you have to select TV and then the power button, then select the cable option, and then the power button again, and at our house you can also select the Apple TV, and then the power button a third time. My kids are going to be teenagers before they will be able to get up and watch TV on Saturday mornings while we parents sleep in!
When I was a kid, there were only so many hours of children’s programming. When the cartoons ended and the news, or Kinsmen Bingo, started, then it was time for us to turn off the TV and go outside to play. We didn’t fight over what to watch, because it was either the fishing show or Smurfs.
Now there’s Netflix. Hundred’s of kid’s shows. Always on. I’m not so sure that’s a good thing.