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Quick Stats on Technology Addiction

Our environment plays a critical role in how we think and behave. The modern environment experienced by most individuals living in urban or suburban settings can be characterized by a dramatic decrease in our exposure to natural settings and a correlated increase in exposure to a technology intense environment.

Data suggest that children today spend only 15–25 minutes a day in outdoor play and sports and this number continues to decline. There has been a 20% decline in per capita visits to national parks since 1988, and a 18–25% decline in nature-based recreation since 1981. Concurrently, 80% of kindergarten aged children are computer users and the average 8–18 year old now spends over 7,5 hours per day using one or more types of media (TV, cell phones, computers), while adults likely spend more time engaged with different forms of media technology.


These figures come from US based data, but are likely a worldwide trend.


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Citation

Atchley, R.A., Strayer, D.L., Atchley, P., (2012). Creativity in the wild: Improving creative reasoning through immersion in natural settings. PLOS ONE, 7(12), 1-5.

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0051474