Last night I conducted an online focus group with 16-17 year old teens. At the end of the group I raffled off an iPod Touch. I pulled out a boy’s name and he told me to pull another name because he already had an iPhone and didn’t have a need for an iPod Touch. I was blown away! Even if he didn’t use it himself he could’ve given it to someone or sold it. I was just shocked and found what he did incredibly gracious. I’m not sure I would’ve had enough grace to do that if I didn’t have the need for it, so for a 16-17 year old boy to do that? Shocked, I tell you. It reminded me how good people can be. In a world where the news is full of hateful crimes, it’s nice to be reminded that people care about others and can be good to each other.
I also felt old last night talking to those young men. (I think me calling them young men makes it worse.) They were talking about online platforms I’ve never heard of. I felt out of touch. Then later I thought to myself, “That’s because you’re almost (a year or two short) of being twice their age.” Awesome. Technically, if I was on that dumb show 16 and Pregnant, one of them could almost be my son! That’s sad for a lot of reasons.
If you won a cool raffle but had no need for it, would you ask for someone else in the raffle to win or would you keep it?