Problem Gambling Growing with Access to Mobile Devices

Published Tuesday, October 03, 2017 -
Problem Gambling Growing with Access to Mobile Devices

The National Problem Gambling Clinic released the findings of a report they have done that reveals the extent to which mobile smart phone use has impacted the occurrences of problem gambling. The number of individuals being treated for gambling addiction on tablets and smart phones has gained ground significantly recently.

The concern the Clinic has identified goes hand and hand with the proliferation around the world of the use of mobile devises making available gambling apps. The report posted by the BBC news source compared the issue back in 2012-13 when incidents of the struggle with mobile gambling among patients of the clinic was at only 24 percent and it is now at 63 percent in 2016-17. It may be clear from this report that efforts in the UK industry to tackle such issues is lacking.

A consultant clinical psychologist and service manager at the NPGC, Dr Neil Smith said,  “The use of mobile phones as platforms to gamble on over the preceding five years is not surprising given their ubiquity in society.”

It is an obvious fact but the political football is still in play with a comment from the UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport which has called for the industry to take further action. The spokesperson said,  “There is clearly more work needed in this area,” adding, “We are currently undertaking a review of the gambling sector that includes looking at social responsibility measures across the industry, including protections around gambling advertising.”

It was noted that some major software developers are working on apps to block gaming sites from  phones and tablets belonging to problem and at risk punters. The Remote Gambling Association spokesperson said that the “technological advantages of remote gambling” contributes to the operators ability to encourage responsible online gambling on all devices.



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