When I was twelve I saw an exhibit in a museum in Chicago about robots/artificial intelligence. Tamagotchi was one of the things on display (which is pretty cool now that I think of it), and it made me really want one so I went to Target by myself and bought myself a V4.
I remember it was the blue swirl one, and my first tama was named Flo but she died. It seems like a lot of people accidentally kill their first one, but it never happened again. I had to convince my friends to get one because I wanted people to connect with!
I lost interest until I was 16 and got a job. Now that I could shop online, I ordered a bunch of Tamas I always wanted. A green P1, a white P2, a gold P2, a blue and white Angelgotchi, and yellow V3.
And I'm 19 now. So yeah, I didn't grow up with Tamas exactly but they are very special to me.