There is a meme that went viral recently which neither had a funny picture nor a witty quote. It was just some text on a white background, but it highlighted a stark reality of our lives. The meme read, "At some point in your childhood, you and your friends went outside to play together for the last time, and nobody knew it."
That one sentence will probably cause you to reminisce your own childhood memories of playing with your friends. And you should because some of the most precious memories we have are about playing. Unfortunately, playing seems to be just a memory now. A recent study commissioned by PUMA and Virat Kohli revealed that 57% of respondents did not play a single sport in the last one year.
Now, that statistic might seem a bit to overreaching but seriously how many times have you played outside in the last year? Maybe once, twice or none at all. A lot of people would say that they didn’t have enough time and that was the case when 58% of respondents in the ‘State of Play In India’ survey cited this very reason. But the troubling fact was that the same people spent 4 to 5 hours on social media, TV viewing and texting and chatting every day!
To dig deeper into the lack of play in India we interviewed some young working professionals.
Saurabh Bhattacharya a sports journalist at a leading digital news portal said, “Honestly, this is like the biggest irony of my life. I watch a lot of sports. I write about a lot of sports. I basically live and breathe sports, but I haven’t played one in about a year. I do get time off on the weekends, but it’s all spent on either binge-watching TV shows or chilling with my friends. I guess I should start chilling with them at football games from now.”
Amit Tripathi a tech writer said, “Actually, I do play a lot, but it’s all on my smartphone. PUBG, Clash of Clans even Candy Crush; I’m pretty awesome at mobile gaming but not so much at real games except badminton. But I don’t really have a lot of time to go out and play.”
When we followed up by asking him about his weekends, he admitted that it might not all be because of his schedule.
“Ok, I guess I’m just lazy. Although, I will definitely try to get high scores in badminton in the coming days.”
What Saurabh and Amit said might seem uncomfortably familiar to a lot of you, but there is no point in regretting now. Instead, you should dust off your sports shoes, call up your neighbours, colleagues or friends to #ComeOutAndPlay.
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Updated Date: Jun 07, 2018 10:46:59 IST