New research suggests that stepping away from the shiny Apple product and into the woods can have a big impact on creativity and problem-solving. The research indicates that there is a “real, measurable cognitive advantage to be realized if we spend time truly immersed in a natural setting,” the authors write.
Indeed, a few researchers have begun to study the impact of technology on children’s “prosocial skills”—how to be a normal, empathetic, look-you-in-the-eye type of kid, basically—and it doesn’t exactly make you want to get your niece an iPad mini for Christmas. “Angry Birds is a cheap babysitter, but it’s lousy at teaching a 4-year-old to understand others’ emotions or tame her own id.”
“There’s some really compelling evidence out of the social labs in Stanford that paints a dark picture about what happens if we’re connected 24/7,” Strayer says. “But you can undo some of that negativity by just disconnecting, getting off the grid, and going into a natural environment.”
For more on this click here to read the recent article posted on Pacific Standard’s online magazine.