From the chimpanzee, to Homo sapiens neanderthalensis and eventually the Homo sapien, the human species has undergone a number of changes to adapt to a constantly evolving lifestyle.
However, now, it appears, the pace is quickening, as a recent school’s survey of more than 8000 students has revealed that since 2004, a student’s ability to perform basic physical skills such as jumping and throwing a ball has rapidly declined.
Furthermore, the NSW Schools Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey found 90% of year 10 boys and 80% of year 10 girl students spend way too much time in front of a TV or computer.
Could the stage be set for a new species, the brittle bodied, hefty headed Homo technologicus, a top heavy couch dweller that seeks life in virtual worlds?
The University of Sydney’s Dr Hardy seems to think so, saying the problem lies with many people being unaware of the recommended maximum of two hours recreational screen use per day, and only at night time.
Moreover, she says it’s “appalling” that less than 10% of girls in year 4 and 6 could throw a ball overarm correctly. She adds, “for at least 60 minutes every single day kids need to be doing a bit of huffing and puffing”.
All good and well, but with an explosion in keyboard-slapping and remote control-tapping, and a decline in good old muscular mischief-making, any huffing and puffing looks set to be experienced vicariously.
Rodriguez Lambusk, from the Mexican Esoteric Anthropology Terminal (MEAT), says the rapid rise of Homo technologicus is represented in the large crystal skulls. He says it is written that come December 22nd, 2012, the species will become so top heavy it will fall to the ground. And from there, things will look a little different.