Internet gambling: an overview of psychosocial impacts

Griffiths, Mark and Parke, Adrian and Wood, Richard and Parke, Jonathan (2005) Internet gambling: an overview of psychosocial impacts. UNLV Gaming Research & Review Joumal, 10 (1). pp. 27-39. ISSN 1535-7589

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Abstract

Technological innovation has always played a role in the development of gambling behaviour, primarily through providing new market opportunities. Early prevalence
studies of Intemet gambling in the UK, Canada and the US have shown that Intemet gambling is not a eause for concern at present. However, this seems likely to change as more people start to use the Internet for leisure activities. After a brief overview of gambling technologies and deregulation issues, this paper examines the impact of
technology on gambling by highlighting salient factors in the rise of Intemet gambling (i.e., accessibility, affordability, anonymity, convenience, escape immersion/dissociation, disinhibition, event frequency, asociability, interactivity, and simulation). The paper
also overviews some of the main social impacts surrounding Intemet gambling, such as protection of the vulnerable, Intemet gambling in the workplace, electronic cash, and
unscrupulous operators. Recommendations for Internet gambling operators are also provided.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Technological innovation has always played a role in the development of gambling behaviour, primarily through providing new market opportunities. Early prevalence studies of Intemet gambling in the UK, Canada and the US have shown that Intemet gambling is not a eause for concern at present. However, this seems likely to change as more people start to use the Internet for leisure activities. After a brief overview of gambling technologies and deregulation issues, this paper examines the impact of technology on gambling by highlighting salient factors in the rise of Intemet gambling (i.e., accessibility, affordability, anonymity, convenience, escape immersion/dissociation, disinhibition, event frequency, asociability, interactivity, and simulation). The paper also overviews some of the main social impacts surrounding Intemet gambling, such as protection of the vulnerable, Intemet gambling in the workplace, electronic cash, and unscrupulous operators. Recommendations for Internet gambling operators are also provided.
Keywords:Internet gambling, online gambling, technology impact, social impact, psychosocial impact, addictive behaviour, problem gambling
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C880 Social Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:3549
Deposited By: Alison Wilson
Deposited On:16 Dec 2010 13:21
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:49

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