Though Tuesday was the official first day of spring (and a very rainy one here in Dallas), Friday seemed like the official “Welcome Spring!” day. School children finally got to go out on their playgrounds (still a little muddy), they gathered in their yards after school with balls and bikes and sidewalk chalk, moms enjoying the fresh air and sunlight in lawn chairs. Walkers were warmly greeting each other as they passed by with baby strollers and eager puppies. People were riding their cars with windows and sunroofs open, tops down, welcoming the gorgeous weather. It was the kind of weather that just made you smile and sigh as soon as you stepped outside. GOING OUTSIDE: a “novel” idea for our constantly-wired, connected, consumer-driven, increasingly sedentary and indoor society. A forgotten past-time which research shows has countless mental, physical, and spiritual benefits for children and adults – no batteries required. (And did I mention that it’s FREE?) Studies also show that GOING OUTSIDE can reduce the negative affects of what pediatricians are now calling”Nature Deficit Disorder” in our children, and (anecdotally) it might just keep YOU from going stir-crazy and kid-crazy in the bewitching, late afternoon hours. Yesterday, as I ventured to this place called OUTSIDE, I was reminded of a hilarious article I read last spring in The New Yorker by Ellis Weiner, touting more of it’s benefits. (OUTSIDE must have hired him for its new ad campaign.) Enjoy a few highlights:
“GOING OUTSIDE is not a game or a program, not a device or an app, not a protocol or an operating system. Instead, it’s a comprehensive experiential mode that lets you perceive and do things firsthand, without any intervening media or technology.
- Supports real-time experience through a seamless mind-body interface. By GOING OUTSIDE, you’ll discover the joy and satisfaction of actually doing something. To initiate actions, simply have your mind tell your body what to do – and then do it!
- Is completely hands-free. No key-boards, mice, controllers, touch pads, or joysticks. Use your hands as they were meant to be used, for doing things manually. Peeling potatoes, applauding, shooting baskets, scratching yourself – the possibilities are endless.
- Delivers authentic 3-D, real-motion video, with no time lag.
- Delivers “head-free” surround sound. No headphones, earbuds, speakers, or sound-bar arrays required – and yet, amazingly, you hear everything.
- Enables complete interactivity with inanimate objects, animals, and “Nature”. By GOING OUTSIDE, you’ll be astounded by the number and variety of things there are in the world.
- Provides instantaneous feedback for physical movement in all three dimensions. Motion through 3-D environments is immediate, on-demand, and entirely convincing. When you “pick up stuff from the dry cleaner’s”, you will literally be picking up stuff at the dry cleaner’s.
- Is fully scalable. You can interact with any number of people, from one to more than six billion, simply by GOING OUTSIDE. How? Just go to a place where there are people and speak to them. But be careful – they may speak back to you!
- Affords you the opportunity to experience completely actual weather. You’ll think really raining when it rains, because it is.
- Provides access to everything not in your home, dorm room, or cubicle. After GOING OUTSIDE, you’re limited not by your imagination but by the rest of “Reality”.
Millions of people have already tried GOING OUTSIDE. Many of your “friends” may even be GOING OUTSIDE right now! Why not join them and see what happens?” ( read the full article)
GOING OUTSIDE: Try it today WITH YOUR KIDS!