Smartphone Gaming Linked To Increase in Problem Gambling 0

Posted on 13, October 2013

in Category Bingo News

The Telegraph recently reported on figures released by Gamcare of calls to their helpline that smartphone gaming is linked to the increase in problem gambling by young people. According to the article by Claire Carter (read more here) the number of people who contacted Gamcare last year between the ages of 18 and 35 was over 5,000.

Many experts are attributing this increase to the rise in smartphone use and online betting. 18 to 35 year olds appear to be the worse affected with 60% of calls to the organisation from this age group.

Listening to the Radio 2 news on the BBC on Friday we heard a young man who has not gambled now for ten months tell how social media and advertising made it difficult for him to control his addiction. The ease of being able to gamble online without anyone knowing contributing to his problem.

The overall number of people who contact Gamcare last year was 8,813. The number remained the same but there was a rise of 6% in calls from 18 to 35 year olds.

All reputable online gambling companies provide a Responsible Gambling Policy to their end users with many offering the opportunity to both set your own depositing limits as well as the chance to self exclude yourself from their site.

The question is, who is then responsible should the end user choose not to use this option when offered?

If you do have a problem with gambling, either online or offline, then you can contact Gamcare by clicking this link.