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The negative impact of Internet

by Jerry "Jet" Whittaker
Nov 21, 2006


A word on gambling addiction:


Gambling on the Internet or online gambling, as it is popularly known as, is becoming an increasingly popular form of gambling, and there are now an estimated 1,700 gambling websites on the Internet. With the popularity already skyrocketing newer innovations in the gambling world one cannot use the Internet but also gamble through interactive television and a mobile phone. The features that makes online gambling appealing to everyone includes the convenience of gambling at home, the ease of setting up a gambling account and the variety of forms of gambling - from traditional betting, to casino gambling, bingo and lotteries. Studies and online surveys have found out that even though many people gamble online without any problems there has been a considerable increase in the amount of people contacting help lines and counseling services who are losing control of their gambling online. This compulsive gambling condition is termed as pathological gambling that starts as a pleasurable experience turns into an uncontrollable destructive craving. Pathological gamblers do not understand the problem and they are not left with nay choice but gamble.


The negative side of online gambling:


There are many negative aspects of online gambling. Here we are just going to discuss some of the most significant and the prominent ones. The first and the most crucial issue is the potentiality for fraud over the Internet. Many gamblers provide their credit card numbers and social security numbers that can be vulnerable to fall into the wrong hands of thousands of hackers or criminals over the Internet. The second issue is the problem with online gambling is the ease with which children can access cyber-casinos especially the easy accessibility stems, in part, from the pervasiveness of the Internet in homes. The third problem and perhaps the most that comes into concern is the rise in gambling addictions due to online gambling mainly because of the detached gambling environment on the Internet. The last but certainly not the least is the need to protect the state revenues generated by legal and state-run gambling operations as the state profits from taxes on the winnings and the net revenues from legalized gambling.


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