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Richard Louv describes how kids are less obsessed with technology than we think

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Louv, the author who coined the term "Nature Deficit Disorder," talks about the power of awe in nature. Technology is not novel to children. Nature is something that can draw them in.
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Louv, the author who coined the term "Nature Deficit Disorder," talks about the power of awe in nature. Technology is not novel to children. Nature is something that can draw them in.
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characteristics defining characteristic of law. And there's a big amount of research now about the effect of feeling the sense of law and wonder on are literally on our health. Uh, one of the characteristics of that is it's often in nature. Another characteristic is we have stepped out of our comfort zone, and a third characteristic is we feel a little bit of fear. It's a little bit of danger, a little bit of risk. That is a combination that often produces a sense of awe and wonder. We're not the only organisms in the universe. I appreciate you sharing that story because I want to be there. I want to go on that mountain. Now see that that reaction When we talk to kids about technology, we still don't do that. What alternative were giving them? You know, there can't just be, you know, go read a book or something. It has to be something that is far more than that. I have a theory about young people and their attraction to technology, which is that they're actually less obsessed with it than people my age, Uh, and that they're hungry to get away from it more than I am. In some ways now. This isn't true for every kid, but by the time they get, uh, late teens early college. I've talked to so many people around this country and other countries about this, and they begin to pull away from that. They And the reason is because they don't have a sense of awe about technology. It's just there. It's not a big deal to me. It's still a big deal. I remember walking with my grandmother was four or five years old in Independence, Missouri, and holding her hand, and she would stop in her tracks and point at the sky and say, Look, Richie, there's an aero plane and I would look up and you know, she did this all the time any time any airplane went over shouldn't do that and got annoying after a little kid and, uh, and she was born in the 18 eighties. Sorry to admit that that she was born in the 18 eighties. To her aero planes were new. They were something else. She had a sense of all that we take for granted, and I think younger people now some, maybe many, but some of them have moved past. This fixation on the novelty of technology is not novel to them anymore. What's novel to them? Many of them is nature. When they start to get into that, they they feel a sense of awe and wonder. And that's the thing that draws them. Not the only thing music can do this, but I think fundamentally nature is necessary for us to be relieved of a fixation on technology. So that leads to a question I have is the idea of getting kids out into nature more? Is it hard to convince the parents? Well, that's a great question, and I'm always careful to say this is about adults as well as towards.
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