Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Is the real world losing out to the virtual world?

The San Francisco Chronicle wants us to believe that there is an epidemic of kids that would rather hole up with a computer or video game all day and never experience the wonder that comes from the natural world. Certainly, too many kids feel this way. However, the article and all the “experts” quoted in it fail to identify the proper culprit.

It’s parents, simple as that. Kids develop a love of the natural world at a very young age, well before they are addicted to real time strategy games on the internet. If your 15 year old would choose the mall over Yosemite National Park, look in a mirror to find the person to blame. You don’t need a National Park in the neighborhood to develop an appreciation of the nature.

This post written by Chris O'Donnell, who initially launched this blog.