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    Is gaming a good substitution?

    ... for sports, when it comes to kids?


    I think not, but we've all seen the huge movement from outdoor activities to computer games. Would you suggest to your kids to keep sitting there and playing games on a screen or get outside? My son is only 3 so it doesn't really apply to us. YET.

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    Re: Is gaming a good substitution?

    no, absolutely not. not suggest computer games, you limit them

    my kids played sports, the one who didn't like them swam, grew a garden & went to science summer camp, girl scout camping, etc. but they've always had computers. They also took dance lessons, played on teams, played in the band, sang in the choir, and were always outside in the backyard on the swings, playing in the sprinkler, out at the park, in our playhouse, made forts, climbed trees, biking, scooters went everywhere, inline skating, etc ....... kids need to move & connect with nature, imo. don't know about the 'huge movement' you're referring to.

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    Re: Is gaming a good substitution?

    i would agree.. not a 100% substitute but rather another tool to add to the mix with limitations.

    parents these days (at least American ones) are too hovering. sitting them in front of a TV or a computer.. ie: keeping them inside, only furthers this. kids need to be outside, connect with nature, play in teams, connect with people in-person, builds character as well as responsibility and empathy.

    there are some benefits to gaming, hand-eye coordination, quick thinking, but other than that not a lot to be honest.. at least in my opinion. (i was a gamer since 1990's Nintendo all the way through to World of Warcraft during college--the game that opened my eyes and freed me.. now i dont game at all. its lovely.)

    nothing helps a kid learn more than letting them be on their own and learn mistakes on their own.

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    ^ congrats ddr lol

    one of my daughters introduced me to Criminal Case and I've been playing lately for fun. At level 36 and have 2 cute police dogs now. ... also still play Words With Friends. Something to do while waiting in waiting rooms.

    nothing wrong with a little gaming now & then, it's when it becomes a lifestyle/obsession that's worrisome. Although if it helps get a kid through high school and feel connected with something & others, not all bad then.

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    Re: Is gaming a good substitution?

    IMO I think there needs to be a balance of both if that is something the child is interested in.

    If you get so involved in any sport where it becomes an obsession and takes over life/thinking then it's just as bad as not showering/going outside for a week cause you need to get that new sword in World of Warcraft.

    I agree with ddr though. I still game with my wife and solo, but I don't vege out in front of my computer or TV for days at a time.

    As for sports...in any given year how many professional sports players are there compared to those kids/young adults in sports? To pull a statistic completely out of my ass, I thought I heard that 1% of high school students actually make the professionals.I don't know if that is still/was true or not.Sports is a great extra curricular activity, but as far as life goes, emphasis should be put on education.

    The sad part of this after I've typed that semi novel is it really depends on the kid. You could have a kid that gives 2 shits about gaming and only sports and another that is opposite. I'd say do what is best for your child in your situation. No one is a better parent then you! Of course suggestions are great to have, but none of us here at [ms] know what you and your child go through on the daily.

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    I don't know about kids but for workaholic adults who are single and also chord-cutters, it's a god-send to kill time in the evenings.
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    Re: Is gaming a good substitution?

    There are video games out there that border real sports when it comes go hand-eye coordination and intellectual engagement..

    I think a mix of the two would be a good thing as they develop different abilities.

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    Ahh thanks man that's interesting - will check it out

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    Re: Is gaming a good substitution?

    Quote Originally Posted by floridaorange View Post
    ... for sports, when it comes to kids?


    I think not, but we've all seen the huge movement from outdoor activities to computer games. Would you suggest to your kids to keep sitting there and playing games on a screen or get outside? My son is only 3 so it doesn't really apply to us. YET.
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    Re: Is gaming a good substitution?

    Quote Originally Posted by go0gle View Post
    There are video games out there that border real sports when it comes go hand-eye coordination and intellectual engagement..

    I think a mix of the two would be a good thing as they develop different abilities.

    Is this like the "this is what a brain looks like on drugs" thing?

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    Re: Is gaming a good substitution?

    A) he takes naps and is bed by 8:30pm.

    b) I spend as little time here as possible when I am on here.

    c) pound sand

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    Re: Is gaming a good substitution?

    It depends very much which games, there's shallow and deep games, strategies are good to play, but honestly i think sport is best thing > all
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