Parents Think Their Kids Will Get Bored Outside — After Just 30 Minutes

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on StudyFinds.

Are the great outdoors just one giant bore to kids today? The average parent thinks their child could only keep themselves occupied outside for just 32 minutes before boredom sets in.

Results of a survey of 2,000 parents with children between five and 13-years-old reveal that less than half of moms and dads (48%) believe their child could entertain themselves in the outdoors for a half-hour. One in two parents worries their kids don’t have the same level of imagination that they did during their own youth and think technology might be to blame.

The survey, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Claritin, also finds two in three respondents think technology makes growing up harder than ever.

Parents in the poll reminisced over their own childhoods, with about three in four claiming it was much easier to make friends in their day – just by going outside and playing in their neighborhoods. That’s in comparison to kids today who have to contend with the lure of browsing social media all day.

Over seven in 10 parents surveyed (72%) believe their family doesn’t spend enough time outside. Also, when their kids do go outside, 49 percent of parents report that youngsters find the outdoors boring. One in two respondents (48%) say they barter TV or computer time with their kids in an effort to make them explore the outdoors.

Source: StudyFinds

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[reposted by] Jim Liebelt

Jim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for HomeWord. Jim has 40 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, having served over the years as a pastor, author, consultant, mentor, trainer, college instructor, and speaker. Jim’s HomeWord culture blog also appears on and Jim and his wife Jenny live in Quincy, MA.

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