Time is just flying by! We’re almost half-way through 2018. Where did the time go? Judging by a new study, about 25% of Americans let that time pass them by as they sat inside all day. That can’t be good, can it? Life should be lived out loud, bold and beautiful!
Years ago, people were more active and socially engaged. They went out and did things. They did “stuff” all over the place, but the important part is, they were outside living their life. Nowadays, folks are frittering their lives away by sitting in front of a computer or TV screen.
The Washington Times recently reported on this trend and the findings of the study are alarming. From the Washington Times:
Call them the in(side) crowd.
About 25 percent of Americans hardly ever venture outside, unaware or unconcerned about breathing only stale indoor air, a report says.
In an age when nearly everything can be found (and delivered) online — including food, entertainment and relationships — it’s hardly surprising to discover an “indoor generation.”
According to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, a nine-hour workday is the average for American wage-earners. When they return home on a typical day, 85 percent of women and 67 percent of men spend time doing work around the house.
Leisure time has become synonymous with television viewing, according to the federal data. Many Americans spend nearly three hours a day in front of the tube, and teenagers spend more than half of their leisure time with screens.
“I think, time and time again, research shows that people who spend more time indoors — whether it’s at home or sitting all day at work — they tend to be linked to higher rates of obesity, issues with cholesterol, and also mental health issues like anxiety and depression,” said Dr. Natasha Bhuyan, a family physician with One Medical in the District of Columbia.
Read the full article from The Washington Times here.
This really isn’t living life, is it? You can google articles and images about nature all day long, but that will never compare to being outside, immersing one’s self in the reaffirming beauty of nature. We can tweet, post and text with ‘friends’ till dawn, but that will never come close to seeing those friends in the flesh.
We’re social beings and by social, I don’t mean through ‘social media.’ We need to interact and communicate with one another face-to-face — if we’re stuck inside all day, how will that ever happen?
Some people are unfortunately housebound, so for them it’s understandable. But for those who aren’t, we should all make the most out of life by experiencing it and living it to the fullest. And, for those among us who are housebound, be a friend to them by calling them or better yet, visit them — that caring human interaction could make all the difference in the world to them.
“Don’t wait. Make memories today. Celebrate your life!” – Author unknown