2. The Couch Potato Effect
Why go outside and play when you have a world of entertainment at your fingertips? Gone are the days of “be home before the street lamps come on.” A common teenage activity is simply perusing the social media platforms together on the couch. Friends can laugh at vines for hours, or go head to head in Clash of Clans. It’s not that it’s unsocial—this is actually a viable way of spending time with friends, but it’s certainly not active.
USA Today reports a huge shift towards “indoor childhood” in the last decade. Studies show a drastic decrease in unorganized outdoor activities—such as bike riding or pick up basketball. In fact, according to the Center for Disease Control, child obesity rates have doubled in the last 30-years. That is a huge jump, and it coincides with the rise of cellphone technology. Shawn DuBravac’s, Chief Economist at Consumer Electronics America, reports that as of 2014, 80-percent of teenagers between 12 and 17 own a smartphone. That 80-percent is double the rate from 2012. This is no coincidence.