If you thought the clicking of a mouse, secretive bidding, 24-hour a day availability and fast internet speeds would make it hard to become addicted to online gambling, it is safe to say you are very wrong. New studies are showing that online gamblers are 10 times more likely to become compulsive gamblers than those who make the numerous trips to casinos. (more…)
The increased access to gambling opportunities, especially online, has increased the visibility of gambling disorders and making it easier for people who previously had no exposure to gambling opportunities, according to a new report. (more…)
A recent post on the Gambling Review focuses not just on gambling as a problem, but the greater gambling problem with online gambling access. A study conducted by Dr. Mark Griffiths, a Chartered Psychologist and Director of the International Gaming Research Unit, showed that gambling addiction can be ten times more prevalent with online activities compared to those who gamble in physical casinos.
The internet gambling industry has exploded. According to an internet gambling Committee of the National Association of Attorneys General, there were less than 25 sites on the web in the mid-1990s. Now there are well over 1,000.
Before the advent of the Internet, a compulsive gambler needed to get in his or her car and drive to a casino. If there were no casinos near them, they might even have to fly to cities such as Las Vegas to gamble. Now they can sit down at their computer and take their chances. Usually the outcome is debt. (more…)