We are sad to say that imaginary friends will no longer exist in the not so distant future.
According to a U.K. survey from daynurseries.co.uk out of 1,000 nursery workers surveyed, 72 percent said that fewer children have invisible friends than they did five years ago.
Sad news, the imaginary friend is now becoming extinct
Two-thirds of those surveyed placed the blame on the growing use of screens like iPads. Too much screentime has reduced our children’s capacity for imagination.
“I think that children are not allowed to be ‘bored’ anymore,” said David Wright, the owner of Paint Pots Nursery in England. “When children have free time to themselves, they find something creative to do with their mind, such as forming an imaginary friend.”
In 2001, almost half of British children had imaginary friends, but now that has dropped down to as little as 17%.
Why we care
Imaginary friends rock! They help children understand the world, or learn to withdraw from it in a healthy way. They can even act as a tool to allow toddlers to role-play.
An imaginary friend can also be used as a form of self-soothing during a big change, such as adjusting to a new home or sibling.