posted on Sep, 8 2013 @ 04:32 PM
Has anyone else noticed the lack of kids and adults playing sports just for fun?
I can remember just dreading the schools out season for the very fact you had to drive really carefully and avoid all the bikers/skate boarders/
roller bladders/ etc etc.
We first saw this coming about 9 years ago when enjoying Christmas morning at my brothers home the present opening was interrupted twice by his
children texting their friends.
Not our place and so no bitching but we both were peeved to say the least, yep we are not parents and we want to know what you parents and non
parents think about what I am posting.
In our city of about 75 thousand plus another rural population of about 20 thousand we have seen the following....
We have gone from 6 Bowling alleys down to 2 in the past 10 years. I know because I spent many years as a mechanic working at one of them.
We are in Canada and Hockey is a big deal here, yet now after building two new venues for it in the past 20 years they have closed one and talking
about closing two more yet.
It used to be ice time was so sacred and scarce that the rinks almost never closed, not now they are almost giving ice time away.
Baseball parks are going unused, soccer/ football pitches are idle/ what is going on here?
Two out of 6 local High school football programs have been cancelled due to lack of players this past year.
When I tried out for our local High School team there were 300 people on the field, mind you that was back in the mid 70's.
Our city as I type this are planting trees left and right where once stood baseball diamonds and football fields and all the rest too.
Now to my opinion and my opinion only, Is this contrived? Myself and the wife are leaning that way because of how suddenly and severely this has
come about in a very short time.
We had an up and down summer here weather wise hot/cold repeat and rinse but yet with 8 kids living within 5 homes of us we have not seen any of
them hardly at all this year.
You always here about the internet troll living in the basement joke, I do believe that this may be the case now but instead of a troll you have
your children sitting in the basement texting etc, and not playing outside.
Is all this technology available and pushed on kids to keep them indoors?
Hell yes I and the wife grew up as "Free Range Children" and every parent on the street was our parent.
We are seeing a lot of pale and sick looking kids in our neighbourhood in the last 6-7 years or so, they lack muscle definition and just don't do
anything but walk up and down and yap or text on their phones.
The kids we are seeing now kind of remind us of the "Greys" as in Aliens. Not that they are greys but that is what it makes us think of.
Looking forward to any and all posts as we really want to hear from parents and non parents all the same.