Online gambling no to blame for addictions – Study of Addiction
Professors Ryan Martin and J. Shaffer Howard have recently released a new study in which they analyzed the effects of online gambling on the general gambling public. The study aimed at looking at how the enormous growth of online gambling has effected gambling addiction.
Overwhelmingly the results actually showed that while more and more people are gambling thanks to the proliferation of online gambling, the actual reported statistics of gambling addiction have actually decreased from 0.7% to 0.6%. This may appear to have been a very slight decrease but considering the numbers of people gambling today in comparison to before the advent of online gambling and the fact that this hasn't led to more instances of gambling addiction but fewer the statistics are astonishing.
The anti gambling lobby will have you believe that online gambling is the greatest threat to the cohesion of society, that it is causing more and more people to degenerate to gambling addicts. But the facts seem to really overturn their argument. If the evidence is to be believed then not only has the growth of online gambling not effected society in any adverse ways, but it has also in fact decreased the number of people addicted to gambling out there.
The study was devised in order to give an objective point of view to all the oppositional rhetoric that has surrounded the hot topic of online gambling in the last decade or so. And it seems to have definitively answered this issue.
This is not the first study of its kind that has come up with these kinds of results but these are often not given wider attention in favor of the more controversial “facts” coming from the anti-gambling lobby.
This is not to say that gambling addiction does not exist and that you cannot get addicted to online gambling. Like everything in life, certain people will be drawn unhealthily to the promise of big money gains that online casinos provide. If you do feel that you are addicted to gambling, be it online or in the real world, there are now so many places you can go for help. Get support because this is the only way to battle an addiction. Do not go it alone.