Children Now Spend Less Time Outdoors than Prisoners

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One of the saddest aspects of our high-tech world, is how it has turned many of us into depressed shut-ins. As time goes on we’re spending more and more of our lives looking at screens, rather than interacting with other human beings or going outside. This is especially problematic for children who, unlike adults, have never lived in a world without computers, smartphones, and the internet. Many of them don’t even know how to interact with other human beings, and they don’t know the joys of playing in the outdoors.

The situation is so bad that some kids spend less time outside than prisoners. According to a recent survey of parents in the UK, about a third of children play outside less than 30 minutes a day, and about a fifth of them don’t go outside at all on a typical day. That’s less than the minimum outdoor time that the UN recommends for prisoners, which is one hour.

So what would a prisoner say to that? The organization that fielded that study asked several inmates what they thought of all these kids sitting inside all day. Here’s what they had to say:

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  • otis cambell

    Not my grandkids ! Field/woods wanderers. Horse riders, egg getters…………………….
    You name it, country kids.

    • James West

      Otis thats what is so great about living in the woods our grandson is outside all day long playing or doing choirs at 4yrs old he has a better work ethic then some adults and most teenagers .

      • otis cambell

        Got to teach them at a young age. the only ones they can count on are family, or close friends.

        • James West

          So true Otis it seems the values our parents taught us and the American way of life is under attack being patriotic today is now a criminal act hopefully things will turn around for the better .

  • Mike

    I send my kids outside and lock the freaking door lol.

  • Clementine

    Having to stay inside was punishment when I was a kid…

  • frankw

    I note with sadness the nice playgrounds empty and unused, where once they were filled with kids playing with each other. It does not bode well for the mental, physical or emotional health of the children.