06 August 2010

Nature Deficit Disorder

Sourced from The Word Spy, 5 August 2010

'nature-deficit disorder n. A yearning for nature, or an ignorance of the natural world, caused by a lack of time spent outdoors, particularly in rural settings. Also: nature deficit disorder...

Revealing the inspiration behind his latest epic, Avatar, legendary filmmaker James Cameron recently described himself as a "nature geek", and said modern humans were suffering a degree of "nature deficit disorder". It may not be a medically recognised condition, but "nature deficit disorder" is a concept gaining traction with childhood and behavioural experts around the world. —Peter Ker, "More fertile imagination," The Age, March 20, 2010...'

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