There was a time in America when virtually every yard had a swing hanging from a tree. Whether for a child who lived there, or a remnant of a child who was grown up and moved on, these old fashioned tree swings hung from old hardwoods across the country.
Tree swings slowly went out of style starting in the late twentieth century, for several reasons. In the 1970s and ‘80s, prefabricated metal swing sets became more popular. These sets included multiple swings, climbing elements, and slides.
These sets came in a box and could be assembled in an afternoon, or could even be purchased and delivered fully assembled. Compare that with the tree houses and rope swings of the prior generation that required knowledge of carpentry and construction principles, plenty of time, and a full tool set.
Since many schools stopped offering shop programs, the skills needed to build a swingset or treehouse from scratch began to fade from the average american father sometime in the 1980s.
In the 1990s, the metal sets of the 80s gave way to elaborate wooden playsets. These sets were designed to look homemade, but usually come from a big box hardware store.
The large wooden sets can be purchased precut and ready to assemble with a few simple tools, but many people then opted to purchase their set complete and delivered(and many continue to).
These large sets are expensive, well over $1000 for the smaller sets. Many families can’t afford that entry point, especially considering that their children will outgrow the set within a few years.
At the same time families were moving away from handmade tree houses, Video games were becoming popular. Starting in the late 1970s, but really coming into almost every home in the 1980s, video games made playing outside less popular.
Before video games, a rainy saturday inside was punishment. After the advent of the video game, kids looked for an excuse to stay inside and play.
All of these changes have led to two or three generations growing up without tree swings. Many children today are the third generation in their family since the dawn of the video game.
This means that the idea of an old fashioned tree swing has reached a somewhat mythical state. The last several generations grew up without tree swings, but with the imagery in media.
Tree swings fall under the “old is new again” school. The modern lifestyle is hectic. Rather than a distraction, screens have become our lives.
Kids go to school and stare at laptops all day. Many schools don’t even have books, and everything is digital.
In a world where screen time is your life, people look for ways to unplug whenever possible. This applies to everyone, from children to adults.
A tree swing falls into a special niche. It is a simple pleasure, that allows you to enjoy your outdoor spaces, without having to “do” anything. Swinging is a calming activity that is relaxing when you are overstimulated from electronic devices.
A tree swing is easy to put up, so you get the relaxing benefits and soothing nostalgia, without a huge outlay of time and money. It isn’t really helpful if your relaxing activity requires you to do a lot of work to get it.
With tree swings from SwingTie, you can hang your swing in minutes. SwingTie hangers go over the branch, loop through the d ring on the strap, and clip to a carabiner. Your swing is hung in five minutes, and you or your children can get down to enjoying the swing.
To summarize, tree swings are making a comeback because they are a peaceful throwback to a simpler time.