Why have trees when you can grow them in Sim City?

AP/Yahoo News headline: Nature Giving Way to Virtual Reality

As people spend more time communing with their televisions and computers, the impact is not just on their health, researchers say. Less time spent outdoors means less contact with nature and, eventually, less interest in conservation and parks.

I’ve wondered about this as well. If children are not exposed to nature—if they are not hiking, camping, fishing, exploring, playing in streams—they are less likely to be interested as adults in preservation of wildlife and wild places. Having grown up in Montana, I spent a good amount of time in places like the the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness and Yellowstone National Park, and this has contributed greatly to my appreciation of nature as an adult.

What will playing video games develop an appreciation for?

Grace and Peace

P.S. Sim City 3000 and Sim City 4 are the only computer games I own.

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