Whether you’re waiting for the whistle or the bell, what you do afterward is probably very different from what people just a few decades ago did. Last month the Brookings Institute released an analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, showing that Americans of all ages have drastically reduced their active leisure time and replaced it with screen time.
Between 2004 and 2009, the average 8-18-year-old increased their time spent watching TV, browsing the Web, or playing video games by an hour-and-a-half. In the seven years since then, it’s continued to skyrocket. According to a study reported by CNN, Americans now spend an average of 10 hours a day with screens of some kind.
Folks, we’re remodeling our lives around technology, giving up sports, arts, and recreation to veg out. The correlated rise in attention disorders and childhood obesity paints a grim picture.
So reclaim leisure. Go out and play, interact on a personal level, and use that “off” switch to set your free time free.