Does Technology Keep Kids From Going Outside?
by omill2 on April 14, 2014 - 12:55pm
I did some research on technology and kids, and the amount of time spent outside. According to the article Children’s Time Outdoors, by L. Larson and others (2011), states that kids today are spending a lot less time outdoors. The main cause of this is the rise of technology. A study was done and about 57% of parents claim that the reason their children don’t go outside is because they are using some type of electronic, such as video games, watching TV, or listening to music (Larson 2011). Another study showed that kids from ages 8 to 18 spent an average of over seven hours on an electronic device (Larson, 2011). The study done in this article was to the general population and did random telephone calls to more than 120,000 homes in the United States (Larson, 2011). Questions asked to the parents were how long your child or children outside, what are the activities they do when outside and what are the reasons for them not going outside (Larson, 2011). In the article, Larson (2011) stated the results, which more kids would spend more time outdoors on the weekends rather than the weekdays and boys would be outside more than girls. Larson stated (2011) that most children would spend at least 2-3 hours outside daily and only about 5% reported that their children had no time spent outside. So there are still many children that do go outside daily, but the numbers have decreased over the years.
I have noticed a big difference of kids being outside when I was a child, which was not that long ago, to the amount of kids today being outside. When I drive through my neighborhood I just don’t see that many kids playing outside as there should be. When I was a kid, I was outside any chance I got, no matter what kind of weather, rain, shine or snow. Technology has grown so fast and has become so advanced, it’s a big part of our lives now a days, but it shouldn’t keep kids or anyone from going outside to enjoy some fresh air playing sports or just hanging with friends. Growing up with all boys in my neighborhood, all we did was play sports outside; sometime we would even play baseball past midnight in our homemade baseball field in the backyard. Some kids are so glued to electronics, playing video games or on the internet; it can even have an effect on them later in life, such as social skills and health. The research done in this article proves that less and less children are spending time outdoors throughout the years and the main cause of this is because the increase of electronic media for entertainment.
Larson, L., Green, G., Cordell, H. (2011). Children’s time outdoors: results and implications of the national kid’s survey. Journal of park and recreation, 29(2), 1-20