27-year-old man refuses to let 6 and 8-year-old kids play with his PS5; “They’re strangers”

Gillian Sisley

*This is a work of non-fiction sourced from social media discussion boards and verified experts/specialists.*

In a recent Reddit post, a 27-year-old individual shares their predicament of moving back in with their parents due to financial issues.

With the author’s mother's birthday approaching, the parents plan to invite their friends and their friends' children, aged six and eight. The author explains:

“My fiancée (28) and I (27) moved back in with my parents after several years away due to financial issues. It’s my mum’s birthday on Saturday and they are inviting their friends and their friend's kids (6 & 8). I was told by my mother that I was to keep the children occupied by letting them play on my PS5.”

According to an article published by Psychology Today, sharing one's belongings with others can promote a sense of kindness and generosity, contributing to the development of stronger social bonds. However, The University of Texas at Austin reveals that feeling obligated to share can sometimes lead to negative emotions, such as resentment or guilt, which may harm relationships and overall well-being.

Asserting his boundaries, the author calmly explained to his mother that he is uncomfortable with this request:

“I do not know these children, I told her that I don’t want them to play with it, and that it’s disrespectful for her to tell me what to do with my personal belongings. This was a common occurrence that happened back when I did live with them, that I would come to find random children I’ve never met playing my PS3.”

The individual admits to sending a text to his fiancée about this situation, mistakenly sending it to his mother instead, as he concludes with:

“My mum was very upset and said “they are our guests”, “it’s not unlike you to not share” and “if I had friends over I would let them play it”. Here’s where I might be in the wrong, I sent a text to my fiancée because I predicted this would happen, but I accidentally sent it to my mum. She isn’t speaking to me right now.”

What do you think?

Was the author justified to refuse to let strangers play with his expensive game console, and he doesn’t have to share it with anyone?

Or is he being immature to not let children use his game system, especially as the system is meant for children anyway?

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