Gambling is a popular pastime for adults, whether it is purchasing lotto tickets, betting on sports games or casino-style gambling. Unsurprisingly, internet gambling has also become popular; it is so popular that in the fall ofcomScore found that online gambling was the fastest growing online category, with almost 10 million U. Internet gambling sites already have teens and young adult users on their sites.
In the past decade gambling has moved from Vegas and Atlantic City right into our neighborhoods and, oftentimes, our living rooms. Almost every state offers some form of legalized gaming — from lotteries and bingo to riverboat casinos and Indian gaming. Thanks to the Internet and televised poker tournaments, our homes can even be havens for gambling.
Youth gambling addiction is growing. The statistics are alarming. A survey of adolescents found that more than 80 percent of those between 12 and 17 say they have gambled in the last 12 months.
Gambling is the fastest growing addiction for teenagers today. According to a data survey, approximately one in eight of the eight million of habitual gamblers is a teenager. Researchers on teen gambling suggest that at least four to seven percent of teenagers suffer from gambling addiction, which leads to huge debts, participation in organized crime, clinical depression and hazards in relationships. Teen gambling addiction is mostly seen in online casinos, betting on sports, scratch cards, card games and throwing dice.
Any game of chance or skill that is played for money is gambling. Most forms of gambling are illegal for anyone younger than 18 years. However, teens find their own ways to gamble, including.
Teenage gambling is the fastest rising addiction today. About one in eight of the eight million compulsive gamblers are now teenagers, whereas just fifteen years ago, there were virtually none. The number of Internet gambling websites increased from almost zero to over by
Who would think that teenagers playing a friendly game of poker, or joining an online game of Texas hold'em, could find themselves facing serious gambling problems and, for some, addiction? But young adults are vulnerable. With the barrage of marketing campaigns, television coverage of poker tournaments, and easy online access, it is no surprise that teens are increasingly affected.
The youngster got hooked after seeing adverts for betting websites at a football match. The youngster, who got hooked after seeing adverts for betting websites at a football match, committed credit card fraud for a year. Today the lad — whose identity we are protecting — talks about his addiction as new Government figures reveal he is one of 25, children aged who are hooked on gambling.
After all, the legal age for gambling on the pokies, at the TAB or at a casino is 18 years. But some children start gambling very young — as young as 10 years. Most children have gambled by the age of