During the early 70s when I was still in grade school and high school, play was something that was done outside than inside. Well there were indoor games like boggle and chess to name a few but it was mostly play outside the house. We biked a lot, trekked long distances, played under a moon lit night, swam in the river during summer, climbed a favorite mango tree, had mud war when it was raining, etc etc etc. It was more fun outside the house. But we also read a lot even if we did play outside. These days, computer/vidoe games are played inside the rooms for hours on end and Ive noticed kids seldom read books. Thus they write poorly and doesn't even know the best known classics like Call of the Wild or Tom Sawyer. I dont know but too much of play and no serious reading may also make a lad dull.