College Students and Online Gambling

| February 5, 2013

From poker sites to daily fantasy sports sites and more, online gambling is easy to find and makes billions a year and can be accessed just about anywhere. But why are so many people bothered by the idea of online gambling?

Some concerns

There’s no limitation on availability. At home, in pajamas, it could hardly be more available.

There’s no limitation on time. People playing at home can play hours and hours, any time of day or night, before stopping.

There’s little limitation on money. With credit, a whole lot of money can be won–and lost–before stopping.

Things to keep in mind

You can lose your money. Online gambling operations are in business to make a profit. They take in more money than they pay out. Because online gambling businesses are not located in the United States, you don’t have legal protection to get your money back.

Online gambling can be addictive. Because Internet gambling is a solitary activity, people can gamble uninterrupted and undetected for hours at a time. Gambling in social isolation and using credit to gamble may be risk factors for developing gambling problems.

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Category: College Gambling, Problem Gambling

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