Thursday, July 21, 2005

Kidhood -- It Ain't What it Used to Be

USATODAY.com - Childhood pastimes are increasingly moving indoors: "The fundamental nature of American childhood has changed in a single generation. The unstructured outdoor childhood — days of pick-up baseball games, treehouses and 'be home for dinner' — has all but vanished."

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"The relationship between kids and their bikes is especially telling.

In 1995, 68% of children ages 7 to 11 rode a bike at least six times a year. Last year, only 47% did.

The sales of children's bikes fell from 12.4 million in 2000 to 9.8 million in 2004, a 21% decline, according to Bicycle Industry and Retailer News,an industry magazine."

2 comments:

Ronn said...

I loved my bikes. I named my bikes. I can't imagine childhood without a bike. I wish my kids didn't feel the same way about the television.

Rick Robinson said...

Interesting that the decline in sales of kid's bikes is just about the same as the decline in sales in the last year or so of large truck-based SUVs. I don't know how to make a rational connection between these two statistices, but it seems to me there may well be one.

And if the kids aren't riding bikes, does that mean they're walking (I doubt it), skate boarding, or are they all riding in that big SUV with Mommy?