If you combine television, computers and any mobile devices you may have, how much screen time do you have each day? It may not seem like a lot, but a half hour here, a few minutes there, and it really adds up. It’s probably more than you think, and the number would probably depress you.
Here’s an even more alarming fact: More people die globally from inactivity than from smoking.
So I recently stumbled across Project Wild Thing, and it is brilliant. They assert that children today are getting “dangerously tame.” Their mission is to re-connect 1 million kids with nature. Of course, this aim benefits adults as well. I invite you to read their manifesto and take the simple pledge to spend as much time outside every day as you do on screens. The website is filled with resources and inspiration for getting wild.
The healing Adultitis-fighting power of the great outdoors only seems like magic because we have gotten so far away from regular interaction with nature.
Technology is nice. But the screen-time pendulum has swung too far. It’s time to get wild.