The term “Nature Deficit Disorder ( / Syndrome)” has rung a bell for me ever since I first heard it. Whilst it is most often used by parents to describe their fears for the next generation I see this also as being very applicable to adults in our city based working lives seemingly chained to office desks.
Copyright 2008 Gary Varvel – http://garyvarvel.com/
There has been plenty of anecdotal as well as scientific evidence (see some resource links below) that an ongoing deficit of exposure to nature can have detrimental effects also on adults physical and mental health.
Global Lecture Series: Are Our Cities Making Us Sick? from UQ Journalism & Communication.
Some further reading resources:
One of the counter-currents to keep some “tech-free” time to wind down & reflect is the embedding of technology in the human body itself.
Image thanks to: http://www.flickr.com/photos/madlabuk/
The Financial Times has an interesting article on “Invasion of the body hackers” that is well worth the read to understand where this development is going and what is currently already practically possible.