Great post about “Nature Deficit Disorder”

Field Notes From Fatherhood

“Nature Deficit Disorder.”  Oh no, no please, not another disorder. We seem to be slapping acronyms and prefixes of dysfunction on our children as quickly as we can think them up. We’ve got AD, ADD, ADHD, ADD-RT, AC/DC; our kids are dyslexic, dysgraphic, dysphasic, dyspeptic, disaffected, disgruntled. I’m not dismissing these afflictions – I think they are real enough, even if over-diagnosed and over-medicated – but do we really need yet one more?

The term NDD was coined by Richard Louv in his 2005 book Last Child in the Woods, to describe the whole panoply of problems that arise when kids don’t receive enough exposure to the natural world.

“It’s a problem” he writes, “because kids who don’t get nature-time seem more prone to anxiety, depression and attention-deficit problems.” A University of Illinois study bears this out by proving the converse: “Our findings indicate that exposure to ordinary natural…

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