School’s out. Is your Internet ready?

Permit us a moment of yelling at kids to get off the lawn.

Well, actually, there are no kids on the lawn; they’re inside somewhere.

This ad in the morning paper from Xfinity reaffirms that the school’s-out euphoria perhaps isn’t what it once was.

  • Kassie

    Times are so different than 25 years ago when I spent my summer in a) summer school b) reading c) playing Nintendo. I spent time outside too, just like these fictional children in an advertisement probably will too.

  • joetron2030

    Thanks to my wife (she’s definitely the rule-setter in our family), our kids spend little to no time interacting with any screens. They spend most of it reading or playing outside. The screen time they do get is divided between 30 mins or so of Khan Academy every weekday morning and an hour or two of watching TV together as a family after dinner.

    If it were up to me, the kids would be just like me: stuck to a screen for leisure (gaming).

  • jon

    If you can learn to be content being outside in MN when it’s over 90 degrees you can have the great outdoors almost all to yourself (at least in the cities).

    It’s been that way for at least the ~2 decades I’ve lived here.
    Wasn’t that way when I was a kid… but then I had a sever case of dehydration when I was a kid that might have killed me were it not for whatever drugs they gave me…

    • >>If you can learn to be content being outside in MN when it’s over 90 degrees you can have the great outdoors almost all to yourself (at least in the cities).<<

      The same can be said for when there is snow everywhere…

      • jon

        In Minnesota people have snowmobiles, and snowshoes, and cross country skis…

        It’s still better than those days where the temperature holds a nice 70 degrees, with a gentle breeze.

        Now if you can manage to be in LA during a cold snap (mid 40’s) everyone is hiding indoors and your only fear might be people trying to drag you inside to save you from frostbite…

      • Tyler

        I can always put on more clothes when it’s cold. I can only get so naked when it’s hot.

  • Rob

    It can’t be a coincidence that as the interweb has become ubiquitous, we’ve become an obese, sedentary society.

    • jon

      Obesity has been on the rise since at least the 1960’s…

      There was an dramatic increase in the late 80’s and early 90’s, but by ’95 only some 14% of americans were using the internet… at least according to Pew research…

      If we are looking to blame a technology Color TV is a good choice, it’s rise to prevalence happened more slowly, starting in the 60’s, the VCR might have helped drive a increase in the late 80’s early 90’s…

      Of course we can’t blame TV and VCR’s for all of it… I mean we started getting rid of them almost a decade ago (VCR’s faster than TVs) and we are still getting fatter… not sure what could have filled the void… but with VCR’s only seriously falling out of favor in 2008 I think we might be able to make a convincing case to blame Obama… 😉

      • Kassie

        I think if I’m going to blame a technology, I’m going to blame High Fructose Corn Syrup and other food additives. Or maybe we can blame computers in general for the shift of Americans having physical jobs to stationary jobs. But yeah, the internet is not to blame.

        • Rob

          Eating a lot of HFC-laden foods while spending too much of our time in front of a screen of some kind. The advent of the Interweb has no doubt exacerbated the problem.

      • Rob

        I was being somewhat tongue in cheek. But we have indeed become a markedly more sedentary and obese nation in the last 15-20 years. Too much screen time is one of the contributors.

        • Jerry

          Office jobs and automation while maintaining the diet of a lumberjack. People are physically and mentally exhausted at the end of the day without having burnt many calories.

          • Rob

            Yup. Cubicles and screens, combined with little or no exercise and craptastic diets, are killing us off. Just saw a headline from Reuters about a new study that says 1/3 of the people on earth are obese…

          • Jack

            Bingo! How many of us work in places that encourage high productivity and less paper (no wasted trips to the printer)? Throw in endless hours of meetings (what happened to a lunch break? Oh yeah, everyone is free for a meeting.) and what do companies expect?

            Then they wonder why corporate health insurance costs are going – that self-insured stressed out employee pool suffering from obesity related ailments isn’t helping.

    • Postal Customer

      It is a coincidence.