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Millennial parents are entertaining themselves by creating imaginary fan theories about their children’s favorite TV shows.

Jan 27 2022

Millennial parents are entertaining themselves by creating imaginary fan theories about their children’s favorite TV shows. We told you about the Rocco vs. Elmo feud that went viral at the start of the month. While the cultural moment is silly, it’s also a window into how Millennial parents engage and interpret the content their kids are watching. To entertain themselves while co-viewing TV shows with their children, some Millennial parents have become fixated on marginal side plots or developing “elaborate, Lost Wiki-level theories” about “the precise nature of the magical island on Tumble Leaf.” But building out fan theories or complaining about annoying characters is their way of “taking some control” for an “unbalanced screen diet.” Of course, it’s also a form of play for Millennial parents: instead of tuning out of multiple rewatches of the same episode over and over again, they’re choosing to tune in. Because sometimes analyzing whether the Doc McStuffins hospital is unionized or obsessing over the office dynamic of Daddy Pig’s workplace in Peppa Pig is better than doom scrolling on their phones. (Slate)