Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Central Coast, NSW
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Re: The future of the sailing world. Why are there so few young people cruising??
I don't think kids need to do "without the passive tech", they simply need to balance it with other activity. Parents also need to manage their time on it so that it doesn't become all they do.
For context - I am the IT guy for work, for the extended family, and (unofficially) for the local marine rescue. As I make (most of) my bread & butter coding for Apple & Android devices, there are a tonne of them lying around for the kids to use. They also have three consoles, two MacBook laptops, and a Windows PC for them to use. They love to play games on them but they are still out on the water sailing of a Sunday. I attribute this to two things:
1. "Electronics time" is limited to an hour per day maximum. No exceptions.
2. We all participate in the same activities. I play video games with them, they sail on the same day I do, and we all take turns picking a family destination (beach, park, playground, etc) or indoor activity (board game, card game, storytelling, etc). If you don't show them you consider their activities worth joining in - why should they consider yours worthwhile?
That said, having access to a boat of your own does make it far more accessible. That's not going to be a kid purchase or request at xmas - that's something the parents have to invest in... which leads to (in general) only parents who sail having kids who sail.