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Yes, you guessed right if you said “video games.” Check out this report, and tell me what you see going on…. What are your suggestions? Is any church actually working on this issue with parents and kids?

Suburban youth baseball and softball coaches can expect to find fewer players on the ball fields this summer, according to many league directors.

And while the finger can be pointed at everything from the recession to competition from other sports, experts increasingly are blaming children’s habitual video game playing as a key reason why droves are ignoring America’s No. 1 pastime.

And the better children get at video games and more used to the fast-paced action they get, the less likely they’ll give them up to play the real game, experts say.

“Instead of going out to play sandlot baseball, kids today are content to sit in front of a computer to play a video game,” said Rich Honack, a professor at Kellogg School of Management.

Studying generations, he says his data shows the computer is the reason for the decrease in kids playing competitive sports…..

Supporting this theory, Shifrin points to a Kaiser study that shows young people are now spending nearly every waking minute – except for the time in school – using a smart phone, computer, TV or other electronic device.

Youth ages 8 to 18 spend more than 7.5 hours a day with such devices, compared with less than 6.5 hours five years ago, the study reports. And because so many of them are multi-tasking – surfing the Internet while texting – they pack about 11 hours of media content into that 7.5 hours.

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