If you're a nineties baby, you probably already know how hard it was to watch the generation below start ignoring your favorite childhood toys like Beanie Babies, Tamagotchi, and Pokemon Cards. But what hurts even more is the fact that Toys R Us, the shop that sells any toy you could ever dream of, closes.
"I remember every year my grandma would bring me to Toys R Us my birthday present, I looked forward to it every year, it was the best part of my birthday," said Zach Tate, a freshman from Savannah with a focus computer technology.
Toys R Us actually filed for bankruptcy in September By 201
While some people may be disappointed, the explanation for their closing seems pretty obvious to most people. With the growth of the ecommerce world and companies like Amazon, it only makes sense when people focus on the more convenient options. The lives of Americans are becoming busier and busier with each generation, and while it's fun to spend hours in a toy store, it's simply not the most efficient option anymore.
"I'm sad about it, but at the same time I'm not really surprised that it happened, I seriously thought it would happen much sooner than now," said Cameron Falk, a freshman from Marietta, of finance and international affairs educated.
But it is not just the e-commerce world that closes the favorite shop of the 1990s – the growth of large supermarkets such as Walmart and Target also plays a role. For busy parents who need to do several things in one day, it does not make much sense to make a separate trip to a place like Toys R Us, if a toy is just one thing on their checklist. It would be more productive to shop somewhere like Walmart or Target where you can buy groceries, toiletries and toys in just one trip. But while Walmart offers more comfort, that does not mean it replaces the childlike wonder that children felt when they entered Toys R Us.
"It just seems like the happiest place in the world, because there's nothing in it to play with, it's pretty magically honest," said Falk.
The closure of Toys R Us also seems to reflect the differences between two generations. Compared to the childhood that millennials experienced, the childhood of the generation underneath is more and more influenced by technologies such as iPhones and iPads, so The Atlantic . With the immediate availability of apps and the Internet, many kids with iPhones will relinquish the pleasure of toys in exchange for games on their cell phones. In addition, top toy companies such as Lego, Hasbro and Mattel have reported a decline in sales of their key toy products such as American Girl Dolls and "Star Wars" material.
"I did not grow up Until middle school has a phone, but now companies are making phones that are tailored to younger kids," Tate said.
While changes in the way children spend their time are clearly noticeable, this does not necessarily mean something bad, only that our society is moving in a different direction. At the end of the day, there is no technology or supermarket that could replace the memories of Toys R Us.
"Toys R Us was just always amusing as you entered the door, it was almost like a huge playground," said Falk.