This is the information age. The technologies that help us create, curate and consume information aren’t going away any time soon. Today’s youth have no ideas what it’s like to live in a world without smartphones and instant internet access.
On a quest to prepare their children for success in a world dependent on advanced technology, parents are putting gadgets in their hands at increasingly younger ages. No longer are we content with Baby Einstein and accelerated reading programs. Now we’re signing toddlers up for coding classes and buying smartphones for 1st graders.
While it might put them ahead in the future job market, this technology may also be sabotaging other skills needed for a successful life. Skills like how to lead a team, resolve conflict and make decisions in an unpredictable environment are all at jeopardy. And then there’s the physical aspect of a technology-saturated life: today’s kids are no longer interested in riding bikes and building forts in the woods. Why would they when the virtual world of video games and the Internet are only a click away?
Although it may seem so analog in a digital world, there are dozens of reasons why playing outside could be the most important “chore” modern kids face. Just getting regular exposure to natural light carries a host of physical and psyhcological benefits, and is likely to set kids on a path of fitness and eco-friendly choices in adult life.
Scroll through the infographic below to learn more about the importance of playing outside. And remember, these facts aren’t limited to kids!