Online Gambling is the use of Internet-enabled devices, such as smartphones, to engage in gambling. It includes sports betting, casinos, and online poker.
The number of gamblers using the Internet is estimated to grow to about 7% of the American population in 2012. Some studies have estimated that Internet gambling could increase the prevalence of problem gambling. However, the research on the impact of internet gaming is limited.
Some of the most prominent features of the Internet include ease of access, speed, and high-volume bets. These characteristics enable gambling to be continuous.
For example, it’s not uncommon for a person to spend an entire day gambling. But the speed of Internet gaming has led some researchers to speculate that excessive Internet usage may lead to disordered gambling. This may be especially true for young people.
Many studies have focused on the effect of Internet gambling on the user’s health, but little has been known about the long-term effects of Internet gambling on individuals. One study found that Internet gambling is associated with increased rates of alcohol consumption, gambling problems, and self-harm.
A more sophisticated analysis has suggested that some Internet gamblers are at risk for having problem gambling related issues. Those surveyed who had a gambling problem were also more likely to drink and smoke.
The Internet is the latest technology in gambling, but researchers have not yet determined whether it has the potential to affect gamblers in an adverse way. There are some interesting findings.