Sangoma wrote:Thirty years later the same researcher wanted to repeat the study. However, after getting the approval he realised this is impossible: kids don't go out on their own anymore. He interviewed the parents (one of them was the kid from the first study), and their opinion was that it is too dangerous for children to be out on their own. At the same time crime rate in that town dropped by 25% since the first study. Once again, the world became safer, yet the opinion of the public is that life is more dangerous than ever.
My wife lays this story on me all the time. "Things have changed" she says. Uh...no, at least not for the worse.
It's funny. I was born at the tail-end of the 70's. The only thing my dad every worried about was the perverts
. But it didnt stop him from letting me play outside until the streetlights came on, jumping my bike and skateboard off of sketchy, poorly-engineered ramps, tear-assing around in three wheelers and other so-called "death machines"...
I was alone, outside, all the time when I was growing up. Of course, I didn't turn out to be the most happy, well-adjusted adult, and some of my coping mechanisms are just as destructive as a lot of other people's, so there's that.