Nature Deficit Disorder or NDD is apparently something. Wikipedia says so right here. I mean, it’s not a real something as far as medical professionals see things, but an author made it up in 2005, so it’s that sort of something.
He’s probably right though. Technology has narrowed many people’s focus down to this television show, that video games, or the millions of other time consuming activities on the internet. This has resulted in children spending progressively less time outdoors. It’s a shame. I love the outdoors, and I feel like I have a nature deficit when I’ve logged far too many hours on the computer. A big part of the hours people put in on technology is the ability to connect with people and form relationships. We are relational in nature and the ease and scope of the relationships we can form on the internet is amazing. But without sounding too new age-y, kids need to understand their relationship with nature.
Education has the task of balancing new technologies with the great outdoors for students, and I think for the most part, it’s done well. More First Nations teachings regarding the interconnected roles of humans and the environment are taught. Outdoor education is a growing discipline in schools.
Do you think NDD is valid or bunk? Are schools doing enough to balance nature and technology and the possible effects of NDD? Are you suffering and you don’t even realize it!?!?!