Decline of Play

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Decline of Play

Among U.S. parents surveyed, 72% said they think their kids have "less free and unstructured time" than they did when they were kids. Globally, 8% of kids surveyed responded that "they have no play [time] in their lives." Below are the 15 quantitative data points we found that show the decline of unstructured, unrestrained play and fun.

15 QUANTITATIVE DATA POINTS SHOWING THE DECLINE OF UNSTRUCTURED PLAY

1. Among U.S. parents of kids between the ages of 10 and 12 surveyed, 55% said the amount of daily unstructured playtime for their kids is "one hour or less."
2. According to a survey of 2,000 U.S. adults, 131 is the average number of boring days experienced each year.
3. In the U.S., the average amount of time kids spend on unstructured play outdoors each day ranges from just "four to seven minutes."
4. Among 2,000 U.S. adults surveyed, 60% said "their life is too 'grown-up.'"
5. Globally, the percentage of unstructured free play time for kids is just 27% compared to the percentage of structured free time at 47%.
6. According to a U.S. Gallup survey, the average time kids spend each week playing outside is 10.6 hours compared to the 18.6-hour average that they spend in front of screens for free play time.
7. Globally, 20% of kids surveyed responded that they have "less than one hour of free play" in a week.
8. Among U.S. parents of kids between the ages of 3 and 9 surveyed, 42% said the amount of daily unstructured playtime for their kids is "one hour or less."
9. Among U.S. adults surveyed, 73% responded that they "miss aspects of their childhood" as 50% reported missing friends time, 52% missed having fewer responsibilities, and 25% missed childhood birthday parties.
10. Among U.S. parents surveyed, 72% said they think their kids have "less free and unstructured time" than they did when they were kids.
11. Globally, 92% of kids surveyed responded that "they want more play [time] in their lives."
12. Globally, 20% of kids surveyed responded that "they are 'too busy' to play"
13. Among U.S. parents of kids between the ages of three and under surveyed, 34% said the amount of daily unstructured playtime for their kids is "one hour or less."
14. Globally, 10% of kids surveyed responded that "they have less than two hours of play [time] each week."
15. Globally, 8% of kids surveyed responded that "they have no play [time] in their lives."
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