Kids these days can't seem to take off their headphones. We've all seen it. Whether they're sitting at the dinner table, spending time with family or doing school work, kids are covering their ears and shutting out the outside world more than ever, and that could be a serious problem. Some scientists are now worried that our children are actually forgetting how to listen, and that could have some seriously negative consequences.
Kurt Fristrup, a senior scientist with the US National Park Service, said our modern-day obsession with wearing earphones to block out life around us could create a ‘learned deafness’ and a ‘generational amnesia’.
Fristrup is worried that kids, now more than ever, are completely ignoring the natural world that the rest of us grew up with. Instead of listening to birds chirping or wind going through the trees, they're hearing the latest popular song or podcast.
Dr Fristrup said: ‘I think this learned deafness is a real issue, where we condition ourselves to ignore the information coming through our ears.’