Online Gambling and Problem Gambling
Whether it’s virtual poker, sports betting, casinos or other forms of wagering, online gambling is increasingly common. Online gambling is facilitated by increased availability of the internet and high-speed internet connections that allow for rapid and easy betting. It also provides the convenience of gambling from home. However, there is also potential for harm from internet gambling. In particular, it can cause problems for problem gamblers. This paper provides a summary of research on internet gambling to date, including a review of recent findings.
The main objective of this paper is to highlight some of the most interesting findings in recent research on adult internet gambling addiction. It is also to identify important trends in the literature. The most common advantage reported from internet gambling is convenience.
A comprehensive literature review was conducted to identify important trends. The most notable was that there is not one single gambling index that can accurately predict problem gambling. However, the DSM-5 Task Force did call for further research on internet gaming. This study also found that a high number of gamblers who participate in internet gambling are at high risk of problem gambling.
There is a growing body of literature on internet gambling, but very little is known about the relationship between the prevalence of Internet gambling and problem gambling. While most studies are cross-sectional in nature, the research indicates that there are some Internet problem gamblers with existing problems. Some of these may have been attracted to Internet gambling because it is easy and convenient. However, the majority of Internet problem gamblers are not addicted to the Internet.
The DSM-5 Task Force cited several of the most interesting findings from recent research. One was that there is a link between Internet gambling and problem gambling. It was also found that some Internet problem gamblers are addicted to the Internet for the same reason that people addicted to other types of drugs are addicted to them: it’s easy and convenient. While this isn’t enough to prove that Internet gambling is responsible for problem gambling, it does illustrate the connection between the two.
The most interesting finding was that more than half of Internet gamblers reported that they had problems prior to using the internet. Among non-Internet gamblers, about one third to one half of them reported that they were at risk of gambling problems. The problem is that self-reporting is susceptible to bias. Likewise, most longitudinal studies were not sufficiently large enough to measure the correlation between Internet gambling and gambling problems.
The first thing to consider when deciding whether online gambling is a good idea is whether it’s legal. Internet gambling is legal in many jurisdictions, but it is illegal in some. There are a number of laws that prohibit gambling on the Internet in the United States. In some jurisdictions, websites advertising gambling are also banned. Some state officials have expressed concerns that internet gambling could bring illegal gambling into their jurisdictions.