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What Types Of Internet Addictions Are There?
Oh, what a vivid web.
Adolescents use the Internet more than any other age group, and recent studies have found that about 3 percent of adolescents and 8 percent of college students have gambled on the Internet, according to the National Council on Problem Gambling. The term "problem gambling" refers to pathological gambling and gambling-related problems.
Web sites geared to adolescents that feature adventure, sports, and action figures often advertise online gambling sites with direct links to Web sites. "Many gambling sites entice young people with offers of ‘freebies’ and other supposed discounts to get them started on gambling," said Guschwan.
Internet gambling differs from other forms of gambling because there are few, if any, regulations to assure the fairness of games or establish the responsibility of game operators. There is no control on the hours of availability, age of participants, or other type of games offered.
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The Four Biggest Dangers of Online Gambling
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1. You can lose your money. Online gambling operations are in business to make a profit. They take in more money than they pay out.
2. You can ruin a good credit rating. Online gambling generally requires the use of a credit card. If kids rack up debt online, they could ruin their credit rating — or yours, if they use your credit card. That can prevent you from getting a loan to buy a house or a car, or even from getting a job.
3. Online gambling can be addictive. Because Internet gambling is a solitary activity, people can gamble uninterrupted and undetected for hours at a time. Gambling in social isolation and using credit to gamble may be risk factors for developing gambling problems. Gamblers Anonymous (www.gamblersanonymous.org) is a self-help group for problem gamblers. Gam-Anon (www.gam-anon.org) is a self-help program for family members.
4. Gambling is illegal for kids. Every state prohibits gambling by minors. That’s why gambling sites don’t pay out to kids and why they go to great lengths to verify the identity of any winner.
GNB 1Ti 6:9 But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and are caught in the trap of many foolish and harmful desires, which pull them down to ruin and destruction.
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5 Symptoms of a Gambling Addict
1. Preoccupation with gambling-related thoughts, plans, or activities.
2. After losing money gambling, often returning to try to win it back.
3. Lying to conceal gambling activities or consequences.
4. Gambling to escape from problems or relieve an undesired mood such as helplessness, guilt, anxiety, or depression.
5. Need to gamble with increased sums to produce the desired excitement.