I got a Gameboy Color when I was 7, and I still have the exact same one at 21. I think part of the problem is that technology is becoming more delicate nowadays (the Gameboy was a fucking brick ), and the fact that kids take less time to care for their stuff nowadays too.
On a related note, my sister got her 3 and 4 year old sons this tablet that's basically a cheaper iPad (still cost about £200GBP though). When I said she'd be better off getting a DS for them because it's more durable, she said "oh they have one but they got bored of it".
I can't relate since, We have no tradition of actually giving each other presents. More like Boxes of Cheap bargain chocolates or Cookies, wrapped in wrapping paper. So I don't understand the whole parents spending money on kids, with no regard to their actual budget.
Unfortunately, some people just can't get their priorities straight. I've seen some parents claim they didn't have the money to buy their kids a couple of notebooks and pens for school stuff, and being unable to pay said kids' lunch fees from the school cafeteria. But then the kid shows up with designer clothes/a DS/a new iPhone/whatever. Seriously, the mind boggles.
My last post aside - I can live without seeing kids with mobile phones and their own computers. Kids at low age doesn't need those stuff! Especially not a NEW phone like, say Iphone. Buy the kids old phones which doesn't break no matter how hard you throw them in the ground or bathe with them.
As long as the kid is responsible enough and the parents actually can afford it - no problem.
I agree with this, even though my parents tend to get me some expensive gifts for the winter holidays. (This means 3 holidays combined usually, The day I was adopted, Hanukkah, and my Birthday)
Most of the time though, my gifts last a long time though, or I sell them to buy myself new stuff. (AKA my PSP and DS which lasted a good long life that I finally traded in to get some money for some new stuff :3)
I CANNOT stand when kids get these expensive gifts and they're like 4 or something, as well as if the kid, any age, gets a new one every year or less, or break something and their parents replace it. Even though I get expensive gifts, they're one-time for me, gotta give up old gifts if I want to get myself something new. :I
My family is pretty well off these days, but when I was a wee child my mom never let us go without presents. Granted, she didn't go out and BUY anything.. she knew kids just wanted something to unwrap. She wrapped up our toothbrushes, sheets, combs, socks we already wore lol, we didn't know the difference!
My sister and I had a playstation 2 at the age of 4 and 6 (I was the 6 year old), it still works today. It's lost in a closet somewhere though since we had the floors redone a few years ago. Still usable though.
Myself and my siblings grew up in a pretty broke family. We actually grew up never expecting anything under the tree. But, our parents would always end up getting us something. I remember the year they managed to get us the limited edition gold Zelda N64. There was nearly 3 child-sized heart attacks that year. We still have it and it still functions perfectly. Kids these days seem to think that electronics are disposable or something..