General Article Adolescent gambling on the Internet

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By Dr Mark Griffiths (Nottingham Trent University), Dr Jonathan Parke (Salford University), Dr Daniel King (University of Adelaide) and Dr Paul Delfabbro (University of Adelaide)

Some scene setting

  • A national Internet gambling prevalence survey of 2,098 people in the UK by Griffiths (2001) included data from 119 adolescents (aged 15 to 19 years).
  • No teenagers reported gambling on the Internet, but 4% of teenagers said they would like to try online gambling.
  • Another study in Canada suggested at least a quarter of young people with serious gambling problems may be gambling on the Internet using ‘free play’ sites (for ‘practice’ and ‘demonstration’ purposes) (Hardoon, Derevensky & Gupta, 2002).

Empirical studies (prevalence)

  • One in 12 young people aged 12 to 15 years (8%) said they had played a lottery game on the Internet in the past year. (Griffiths & Wood, 2007)
  • 1% reported gambling on the Internet for money in the seven days prior to the survey. (Ipsos MORI, 2009)
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