We are the Indoor Generation.
The Indoor Generation refers to the growing number of people who spend the vast majority of its time indoors — currently 90 per cent of their lives — compared to previous generations.
But a survey done by the VELUX Group found a significant disconnect between how people think they live their lives and the way they actually do. Only a quarter of people in Canada say they spend 21 hours or more inside.
But the actual figure is far more concerning.
Previous research discovered this new Indoor Generation. The generation that spends most of its time indoors — and often in dark, poorly ventilated and unhealthy buildings.
Despite whatever technologies we have and their many benefits, we remain disconnected in many ways — and continue to grow further apart.
We grow away from nature. We grow away from each other.
Depression, anxiety or other forms of psychiatric and psychological pain are often hidden beasts that we keep in confines of our minds — and our homes.
Please, if you watch one video today, this should be it. And if you share one video today, this should be it.
And after you watch it. Please. Get outside. Say hello to someone. Ask, "How are you?" And don't walk away. Wait for the reply.
The VELUX Group has unveiled the results of its Indoor Generation report. It's a survey that found an overwhelming misconception about the impact on our health caused by spending too much time indoors, especially on children, whose bedrooms which can be the most polluted room in the house. You can find the full Indoor Generation report here.
If you have thoughts of suicide or if you feel alone, anxious, or depressed, please call Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868. You can also reach out to Crisis Service Canada at 1-833-456-4566, or visit https://www.crisisservicescanada.ca/.