Mark your calendars for the KSFY Sport Expo

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - In recent years, there has been increased attention on the dangers of excessive gaming by adolescent children. Not all gaming is bad and when done so responsibly, there are certainly benefits to a young adult such as learning to work within a team structure. However there still remains many negative effects of excessive gaming.

According to an article published at Livestrong.com, “The Negative Effects of Video Game Addiction,” compulsive video addiction can lead to health problems, increased aggression, and poor performance in school. In addition, one of the bigger problems that can arise from video addiction is the impact it has on a child’s relationships with friends and family.

The purpose of the KSFY Sport Expo remains to promote healthy, active lifestyles for children and parents alike. However, it also serves to introduce parents and their children to the many alternatives to spending excessive amounts of their lives in front of a video screen.

In November 2018, KSFY hosted a poll on our website, asking respondents about their children’s gaming activities. While unscientific (51 respondents), the findings mirrored what other studies are showing, and that is the fact that more and more parents feel their children are spending too much time gaming.

In our poll, 98 percent of respondents said their children spent time gaming, with 75 percent saying they felt they gamed to much. Almost half of respondents, 46 percent, said their children game 3-4 hours a day, and 32 percent game 5-plus hours a day. The survey went on to point out that 66 percent of parents felt gaming affected heir child’s personality, and 58 percent said it impacted their sleep. Lastly, 62 percent indicated they felt their child’s performance in school was impacted by excessive gaming.

Join us March 15 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and March 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

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