Apparently we do. While the FH watched the Super Bowl, I ate popcorn balls (I think I had seven?) and read. At one point, there was a commercial telling kids that they should play for 60 minutes a day. May I just say, srsly? Our society has gotten so bad that we have to tell kids to play?
Now, don't get me wrong, my mom used to yell at me to "put the book down and go do something!" but I was a nerd. And I do remember swimming all summer, playing in the back yard, riding my bike, doing actual physical exertion during P.E., playing jump rope (I sucked at double dutch, alas) during recess, playing kick the can with my cousins and other normal kid things. Apparently kids don't do that anymore.
This is sad. I read something yesterday that basically said kids spend every waking minute with some sort of electronic (7.5 hours a day, but thanks to using multiple devices at once, they get 10.75 hours of exposure out of those 7.5). I remember a time before the internet, when computers were good for typing reports and the occasional round of Oregon Trail. And I think I turned out okayish.
We have all this great technology now, but are our lives really any better? Kids can't write complete sentences because of texting and IM. They don't even really know how to have an actually face-to-face conversation. We have all these new ways of staying in touch, but far less communication. It's sad, really.
There was a commercial on Nickelodeon a few years ago about going outside to play. Actual Reality, they called it. "Feel the ball in your hand, because you're actually holding it!" It was kind of weird for a kids TV station to run commercials telling you to go outside, but it's not a bad idea.