I also didn't read the entire article, but I did read a good deal of it.
While this guy describes some pretty extreme cases (21 year olds watching teletubbies is extreme I'd say), I think it's important not to take life so seriously that you can't retain at least part of your childhood innocence.
If you take joy in something, such as a TV
show that other adults might consider below their age level, you should allow it to still bring you joy.
We are all so busy trying to be better than everyone else that we can't listen to our own hearts sometimes. How often do you hear that someone who likes animated cartoons, and happens to be an adult, is "immature". Some people go farther, making claims on one's sexuality "you must be gay" to like something that someone else thinks is below your age level.
I'll go out on a limb here and put my own neck on the line.
I am a big fan of animation. When it's good, and has some real depth to it. This doesnt mean that I'm a fan of "little kid stuff". I don't like SpongeBob. Sorry to say it, but I don't. Some people do, that's fine. I refuse to subscribe to any belief that animated films and series are for little kids only. Just because kids enjoy animation doesnt mean that adults can't.
There are animated films that are not aimed at little kids you know. There are films that are aimed at everyone. Perhaps you remember a man by the name of Walt Disney. Some people shudder at the mere mention of the Disney name. These people dont realize what it was that Walt himself stood for.
It was just after Bambi was released that Walt was being interviewed for his comments about the movie, which was new at the time. Walt was asked if he thought that the forest fire scenes would scare little kids.
Walts response was simply: "I don't make movies for little kids....I make movies for everyone!"
This is what the spirit of animation was always meant to be. Animation was never meant to be a realm that only little kids could partake in. It was meant to be a visual expression of art and emotion and settings and places that builds a story that anyone could identify with, enjoy, or understand. At the very least it is entertainment.
Over the years that has split and most of your cartoons these days are aimed at select audiences. Your Japanimation is typically aimed at pre-teen and early-teen audiences...
Your educational anmation is aimed at little kids. Theres some that makes no sense whatsoever to us, but is meant to be entertaining to the younger ones.
The market has become saturated with these above....and that gives the rest of animation out there that is aimed at everyone a bad name. It's sad to see. but there's animation that goes beyond these select audiences, and can be enjoyed by young ones and adults alike. For a while most of these have been out of the public eye in the television realm, but they are making a comeback. I think the fact that so many adults seem to enjoy SpongBob is that it does have a few lines in it every now and then which kids don't really get but adults understand, and find funny.
And another series that is brand new and is already beginning to make an impact is Lilo and Stitch....it's more...tangible than most other offerings on TV
these days. Got a bit more emotion than we've seen in many animated series...and alot more real issues that kids and adults understand, while being entertaining and hillarious at the same time. If you can balance laughs with tears, emotion with understanding, you come out with a very valuable piece of animation that is not immature in the least. It's wholesome.
This is terribly off topic but I had to include that, in defense of animation. It's not just for little kids. If it has the right qualities, people of any age should be able to enjoy it shamelessly, and its sad that people condemn the entire genre.
Back to the topic at hand...it's important to remember that softer side of yourself because life is too damn short to take every minute of it seriously. Relax and enjoy yourself, and if something brings you joy, let it, and don't let anyone make you feel bad about it.
There are expections....I mean....teletubbies at 21 is kinda ridiculous, but you CAN
grow up and be mature, while still remaining in touch with your childhood...and yourself.
I feel sorry for people who can't smile a little more often and shed all of those layers of ridigness that they think age is supposed to be. Age is a number. It's what's inside your heart and soul that counts. Live a little.