Millennials are always looking for the next cool thing, and popular culture would have you believe that millennials are easily bored and always on the prowl for an adrenaline fix. Some participate in crazy extreme sports, some take cross-country trips with no plan or itinerary, and still more continue to push new frontiers in outlandishness. Few, though, take their time to enjoy the age-old pastime of fishing. It may not be as sexy as other Instagram-worthy outings, but fishing can offer millennials what they need most. Here’s how:
Disconnecting | Studies have demonstrated that millennials quite simply can’t put their phones down. They’re too connected to their devices, and some psychologists have even posited that the way young people behave with their phone truly resembles a chemical addition to drugs or other substances. Spending time fishing with your phone turned off or put away will force you to detach from the likes and the retweets and enjoy some cognitive rest from the constant buzzing of a smartphone.
Adventure | Although the sport itself may seem relaxed, there can be quite a bit of adventure and action depending on where you chose to fish. You can hike through the woods to arrive at your ideal fishing location or take a roadtrip to a lake you’ve never seen before so you can explore the local flora and fauna. You can also travel via boat or raft to arrive where you want to fish. While it may seem mundane, the journey to your destination can scratch your itch for adventure.
Sunshine | Studies have demonstrated that the lure of technology has stopped children, teens, and adults alike from spending time outside in the sun, leading to vitamin D deficiencies and a general pallor about those generations. Fishing is nothing but time in the sun, and giving your skin some time in the sunshine has been proven to improve a person’s mood, complexion, and bone strength as well. Of course, be careful to use sunscreen to block the most harmful sun rays, but
Time with Adults | One of the worst stereotypes about today’s young professionals is that they are know-it-alls and don’t consult with their parents and grandparents as much as previous generations have. Because of search engines like Google and the proliferation of discussion forums like Reddit and Quora, young adults turn more to each other and strangers on the internet than they do the people who know and care about them. Fishing is a great way for parents and children to connect in nature and discuss some of the questions and conundrums that may not be so easy to Google but weigh heavily on twenty- and thirty-somethings.