Technology presents a range of opportunities for innovation, enhanced communication, increased efficiency, and stronger connectedness. Yet, it is crucial to also acknowledge and address the challenges and limitations inherent to technology.

Hybrid models, which blend in-person and digital program delivery, have the potential to engage a broader audience, catering to diverse recreation preferences. For instance, those working from home might appreciate the convenience of participating in online programs during brief breaks.

The pandemic underscored the necessity of digital inclusivity, as efforts were made to bridge the digital divide, especially for those with limited internet access or experiencing
digital poverty. Unfortunately, individuals with constrained financial resources often found themselves marginalized. While temporary measures provided some access to digital resources, many of these supports have been phased out.

Conversely, technology, particularly social media, can have serious drawbacks and negative consequences. Increased screen time can divert attention from active recreation and unstructured play. The omnipresence of technology, which results in constant connectivity to low-value content, contributes to decreased physical activity, increased sedentary lifestyles, and challenges in achieving social cohesion. Furthermore, artificial intelligence (AI) brings its own set of positives and negatives, necessitating an informed understanding of its impacts. The sector must evaluate and navigate these dual facets of technology in shaping the future of recreation.

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