Internet Gambling – Is it Addictive?

Internet betting and gambling sites are a multi-billion dollar industry that will not be going away anytime soon. But why all the concern? Well, researchers believe that Internet gambling is even more addictive than traditional casino gambling. An article in the journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, stated: “The availability of

Internet gambling may draw individuals who seek out isolated and anonymous contexts for their gambling behaviors.”  Further, Internet gambling can be associated with a high risk of addiction because of the easy access — even teenagers and children can access online casinos and betting sites. And it is considered fact that people under 25 are more likely to become addicted to gambling.

In general, if you think about it, why should any child oir even teenager, be spending any time at all on gambling websites. So they should really be blocked from accessing them in the first place. But if they do have access, and you believe something may be wrong, in the same way that you would seek treatment for an alcohol or drug problem, you need to seek treatment for a potential gambling problem. Of course the same thing goes for adults as well. There is no lack of stories of people losing their savings, homes, jobs, families over debts accumulated from online gambling.

If you suspect a loved one has a compulsive gambling problem, you should read up on recognizing DominoQQ the signs and symptoms of gambling addiction and ways to handle the problem in your home. Of course, any behavior that is causing problems or disrupting a person’s ability to lead a normal and healthy life, should be attended to, even if there is not an official diagnosis of an addiction.

It is no secret that one of the reasons people wanted a prepaid card was to use it to to gamble online. If they couldn’t get a credit card, they could use the prepaid’s 16-digit card number, expiration date, and security code, to place money bets with online casino and horse racing sites. As the U.S. Congress passed laws prohibiting such sites from operating in the United States, the sites themselves moved offshore. For the past few years the legality of online gambling has been something of a gray area.

The online gaming industry was thrown into turmoil when the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) was passed by Congress in 2006. The law was meant to stop certain electronic financial transactions (ETFs) surrounding online gambling while encouraging foreign governments to cooperate with the U.S. in policing it.This law was passed on the coattails of ethics reforms and Homeland Security legislation. But at the last minute, certain

enforcement measures were stripped from the bill that became law. A section in the law §5363 – Prohibition on Acceptance of Any Financial Instrument for Unlawful Internet Gambling states that “No person engaged in the business of betting or wagering may knowingly accept, in connection with the participation of another person, in unlawful Internet gambling – [credit, EFTs, checks, drafts, or the proceeds of any other form of financial transaction as set forth in federal regulation].”

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