Australian Internet Betting Study Dispels Myths

Published Sunday, May 10, 2015 -
Australian Internet Betting Study Dispels Myths

There has always been a suspicion that internet betting is addictive and some critics have maintained that online gambling is a dangerous activity and should be banned. That being said a new study conducted by Dr. Sally Gainsbury of Southern Cross University in Australia has concluded that “internet gambling does not cause gambling problems in, and of, itself,”

This research suggests that internet betting availability isn’t at the root of overindulgence in gambling in most cases Gainsbury found that most gambling problems first became evident during land based gambling experiences after which the problem gamblers would look to the Internet for an extended betting experience.

Gainsbury wrote, “Evidence is emerging that Internet gambling is not only not predictive of gambling problems,” adding,  “but that when other variables are controlled for individuals who gamble, online may have lower rates of gambling problems.”

Gainsbury’s study also found that operator of online gambling web sites will be able to develop tools to recognize individuals with potential problems based on their play habits while at the sites. The Dr. wrote,  “Analysis of customer communication with online operators identified risk markers that predicted customers closing their accounts due to stated gambling problems,”  “These included expressed doubts about results of games, requests for account reopening, queries about financial transactions and account administration, the frequency of contacts per month, and use of a threatening tonality.”

Gainsbury’s report also revealed that the amount of online gambling regulation in a country didn’t have a direct impact on how many issues regarding problem wagering occurred in a given country.

“An analysis across 30 European jurisdictions failed to identify any association between prohibitions against online gambling, gambling licensing systems, the extent of legal gambling opportunities and the prevalence of gambling disorder.”

A study such as this could give those in the USA who are proponents of legal online gambling in America a decent argument against those who want to have online gambling federally prohibited in that country.

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