Hi we live in Japan and I am hoping to hear some different ideas.
This past summer we went to the states to visit friends. A friend from church had us over to her house. Her DD has a webkin account and she and my DD spent 20-30 min. playing with it. DD decides she wants a webkin. I tell her that actually someone had given her one years ago. In my mind I could see where I had kept the tag, but another part of my brain wondered if I had thrown it away. (in the end I had thrown it away, just got decluttered after a few years of keeping)
Now a friend here in Japan has a tamagochi. I know they are available in the states also. Yesterday she was upset when her friend was talking to another girl about the tamagochi. Today she said she was still mad at the friend. After some talking it came out she wants the tamagochi. Previously she had said she did not want it, but instead wanted the webkin.
She uses the computer for things like Storytime online, or PBSKids, uptoten etc.. so I am not against screen time, per se.
The friend in the states, (who is a pretty new friend, we became friendly as our kids are the same ages and she is interested in other cultures) talked about how some people have tons of the webkins and how much they are etc.. I did not get the point of having more than one. Once you have the code to unlock the website is that not enough?
Even though I live in Japan I am not too familiar with the tamagochi (which is also a virtual pet) I remember the first generation ones and the controversy they caused as students could not bring them to school but there was no *off/pause* switch so the pets all died during the day.
I don't really want to get her both. I am not 100% sure I want to get her either one. LOL.
Anyway, happy to hear any thoughts or opinions or comparisons of them.