The Australian Gambling Research Centre (AGRC) has blamed the rise in Social Media platforms as the source as the reasons young Australians get addicted to gambling. The reports by the AGRC have suggested that there is a lot of freedom on Social Media platforms and that the bookmakers advertise a lot, in such a way that the cyber users are unable to ignore them.
The report was quick to single out Facebook as it is the platform widely used by the young people.
The AGRC cites the access to games from a younger age as the main reason the youngsters grow up feeling like it is “normal” to engage in game activity anywhere. Young people they also love the feel the gratification that comes with betting, to play, which in turn thus increases their activity as they are aware that they will earn real money.
Electronic toys lead to problematic Gambling?
It is usually a norm in parenthood to buy their young children toys and sometimes electronic toys. According to the researcher, Anna Thomas, the electronic toys introduced to children in the 1980’s till recently are the reason children grow up interested in gaming and as a result, they want to win from the same games when they are older.
In her report titled; ‘Is It Gambling Or A Game?’ Anna suggests that the gamers often misunderstand the difference between an entertaining game and a real life betting thus blurs the line. According to her, this then introduces the gambling to the youth, even before they are old enough to know about betting.
She went further to assert that this paves the way for the betting firms to take advantage and flood the games in the faces of the unsuspecting audience.
The young players grew up already addicted to the electronics and they won’t even be able to notice problem gambling.