Have We Forgotten the Outdoors?

While reading one of my favorite blogs today, Curbed LA, I came across a post discussing a recent UCLA study. In the study Los Angeles families were videotaped for three years and the results were interesting.  Although the families had yards, none of them used them.
 
I find this particularly interesting because the wife and I are about to finish the long tedious task of making our backyard livable. 
 
I have to admit that I haven’t spent much time out in my backyard in the 2 plus years I’ve lived in my house. I hope that’s about to change though. We’re planning to put in sod on Memorial Day.  I hope the plan works out.
 
In the past, I have blamed it on the atrociously tall weeds that have dominated the landscape, but perhaps there is something more to it.  Perhaps our culture has changed in Los Angeles. Perhaps we no longer value the outdoors.
 
While we have amazing weather year round, I wonder if we, as a culture, are becoming too focused on things that draw us indoors. We have our TVs, DVRs, computers, air conditioning… and the list goes on and on.  
 
Have we forgotten about the outdoors? Is it too easy to just come home and wait for our technology to entertain us?
 
For me the answer to both of those questions is yes, but I am going to make a conscious effort to change that. How about you?
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One thought on “Have We Forgotten the Outdoors?

  1. That’s a really good interesting thought. I’ve always felt like we are anti Seattle – people from there always go outside when it is sunny and take advantage of it. When it rains here we say “I kind of like it when it rains.”

    I want to try to take advantage of the outside more as well.

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