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2013-02-04 03:02:52 AM
Well, it stands to reason if you kick the kids inside, they might fall into things and break them.
 
2013-02-04 10:20:54 AM
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2013-02-04 10:51:19 AM
It's an interesting notion. I was one of the few kids in my elementary school with glasses (this was in the early '70s), but it seems like at least half the pre-teen kids I see these days wear them.
 
2013-02-04 11:29:04 AM
But rapists and allergies and molesters and criminals and accidents and acts of god are EVERYWHERE!!!11  How will my snowflake survive!
 
2013-02-04 11:34:25 AM
 "Have you ever tried simply turning off the TV, sitting down with your children, and hitting them?"
 
2013-02-04 11:44:06 AM
Not that one anecdote refutes a scientific study, but I spent a hell of a lot of time outside as a kid. I ended up getting glasses at the same age that my mother did. My dad also has terrible vision. He spent a lot of time outdoors as a kid as well. I attribute my bad vision to genetics.
 
2013-02-04 11:46:17 AM

jonasborg: "Have you ever tried simply turning off the TV, sitting down with your children, and hitting them?"


Nope.  I take the boys outside before I start hitting them I mean teaching them basic blocks, strikes and the proper way to convince their dumb buddy to do a nutshot
 
2013-02-04 11:52:02 AM
I'd be happy to kick the kids outdoors, but there are too many witnesses around to report me so I just kick them indoors instead.

What?
 
2013-02-04 12:11:16 PM
I do.  This weekend we went hiking, and as the days lengthen, they are going to be outside much more after school.
 
2013-02-04 12:25:16 PM
Myopia is one thing, but kids not knowing what the night sky really looks like is sad.  I've never witnessed it myself, but I've heard both random and personal accounts of kids and even adults raised in the city that went to an area with little light pollution for the first time and they were terrified.

/ kick the kids
 
2013-02-04 12:45:09 PM
Glasses are the price society pays for literacy. That said, kids learn spatial awareness better on a bike than sitting on a couch with an iPad.
 
2013-02-04 12:47:46 PM
Bah, the near point stress model has been around since at least the Alaskan school kids study, which has been old hat for decades.
 
2013-02-04 01:01:25 PM
Obvious tag is correct.

There is definitely a genetic predisposition to myopia (as  cgraves67's story indicates), but environmental factors are hugely relevant too. I'm continually surprised at how much resistance there still is to the idea that what you do with your eyes will impact your vision. (That one Seinfeld opening bit about eyesight always bothered me as being ignorant).

Fact is, while predispositions are clearly there, generally, if you strain your eyes looking at close sources (books, magazines, computers, phones, etc), then your eyes will adjust toward nearsightedness--that's what biological systems do--they seek homeostasis. And if you focus on far sources (the sky, landscapes/horizons, and even just driving or walking around a construction site/battlefield/cop beat), then your eyes will adjust toward farsightedness.

CSB: I used to be myopic in middle & high school. I found an optometrist who knew that the eyes are protean, and so prescribed not corrective lenses, but adjusting/relaxing lenses--to fool my eyes into believing I was looking at things further away. He also prescribed some eye relaxation exercises and advised that I spend more time outdoors. Within two years I was became mildly farsighted, and have remained so since, with minor variations (slightly worse in college, better still since then).
 
2013-02-04 01:07:23 PM

dragonchild: I've never witnessed it myself, but I've heard both random and personal accounts of kids and even adults raised in the city that went to an area with little light pollution for the first time and they were terrified.


I live in Queens.  When I was in high school, I was in the Astronomy Club (yes, I was a virgin in high school... how did you know?), and for a weekend we went to an "Astronomy Jamboree" out on Long Island.  Had a nice observatory and everything.  Anyway, it was the first time I had ever really seen the night sky outside of the very light-polluted five boroughs.  I wasn't terrified, per se, but it was both amazing and beautiful and disconcerting at the same time.

/csb
 
2013-02-04 01:32:10 PM
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2013-02-04 01:46:09 PM
"Kick the kids outside"

That just means the parents will have more opportunities to make more kids.
 
2013-02-04 02:48:02 PM
But that's where the goddam polar bears are.
 
2013-02-04 03:37:00 PM

jonasborg: "Have you ever tried simply turning off the TV, sitting down with your children, and hitting them?"


"I like the cut of your jib."
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2013-02-04 03:52:54 PM

Fano: Glasses are the price society pays for literacy. That said, kids learn spatial awareness better on a bike than sitting on a couch with an iPad.


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2013-02-04 04:45:53 PM
But being outside would impair my ability to tell people on the internet that they're wrong about stuff!
 
2013-02-04 04:49:34 PM

Son of Thunder: But being outside would impair my ability to tell people on the internet that they're wrong about stuff!


Silly fatty, that's what protesting is for
 
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2013-02-04 05:03:38 PM
Maybe kids predisposed to nearsightedness aren't outside playing many sports because it's slightly harder for them to see, so they spend more time inside reading or other things that's easier for them to see closer.
 
2013-02-04 06:12:27 PM
"Urban" eyes?  Can't we use "Metropolitan" eyes?
 
2013-02-04 07:13:32 PM
I went outside to kick the kids, but there weren't any out there.
 
2013-02-04 07:19:58 PM
I spent most of my teen years indoors (aside from going to school). This was in a basement where the only light in the room was coming from my monitor and tv. During summer vacation I would go weeks without seeing actual sunlight since I only went outside in middle of the night.

/Currently 26
//Still 20/20 (tested as of last year)
 
2013-02-04 07:53:48 PM
My wife's son is 23 and sits about a yard from the TV screen. The only time he is outside is going to 'Rocky Horror' on Saturday nights. His vision is fine, but then neither of his parents wore glasses until their 40s.

I had an astigmatism correction since 7 and played outside year 'round, even in the winter. Didn't get a new prescription until I hit 47.
 
2013-02-04 10:55:36 PM

Dead for Tax Reasons: That message is 1 word too long


the?
 
2013-02-04 11:21:35 PM
So we should just go around kicking kids outside.  I've never done that but I'll give it a try.
 
2013-02-05 05:12:47 AM
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