Disconnected in an Overconnected World (Part 2)

April 16, 2015 6:39 PM

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The information torrent bombards everyone, but the young are most vulnerable to its powerful effects, as they are the most impressionable. Here's an alarming fact. Research published in the journal Pediatrics documented that American kids on average spend more time in front of a TV or computer screen (1,023 hours per year) than they do learning in school (900 hours per year). Even compared to a generation ago, when nearly 75 percent of children played outside, nowadays roughly 25 percent of kids spend time outdoors, and even when they do it's on average only 30 minutes per week. The situation has become so dire that researcher and author Louv has appropriately coined the term "Nature Deficit Disorder" to capture the seriousness of the problem. It is a curious sign of our times that even as young people are more adept in using Facebook, Twitter and the Internet than their parents or older relatives, they are also becoming more dependent on that very same technology to the point of social isolation.

In our first post, we expressed the notion that our modern lifestyle's increased dependence on technology correlates with increased levels of brain fatigue. Not only have we become disconnected from each other, our over-connected and technologically driven culture has led us being disconnected from ...

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