Despite the legality of online gambling in many countries, there are still a number of restrictions. Some countries have banned it completely while others have limited it to specific forms of gambling. However, most European Union countries and some provinces in Canada allow it.
Despite its legality, online gambling can be highly addictive. In fact, 15 percent of Internet gamblers say they have a greater dependence on online gambling than on land-based forms of gambling. However, the relationship between Internet gambling and gambling problems is not clear. Some problem gamblers attribute their problems to land-based forms of gambling while others claim the problems are merely the consequence of their online gambling.
Internet gambling is a relatively new phenomenon and, as a result, much research has been conducted on the topic. Most studies have focused on cross-sectional analyses, which is limited in terms of the accuracy of their results. To better understand the relationship between Internet gambling and gambling problems, researchers need to conduct longitudinal studies. To do so, they need to collect data from multiple sources, including different types of player accounts. In addition, they need to look into how the behaviour of Internet gamblers is integrated with the behaviour of offline gamblers.
One of the best methods to assess the relationship between Internet gambling and gambling problems is to use a self-report measure. Researchers have been able to detect the relationship between Internet gambling and problem gambling by screening high-involvement Internet gamblers for gambling problems. This type of screening is reliant on the accuracy of the reporting and the use of algorithms to detect risk indicators. While the number of Internet gamblers who screen negatively for gambling problems is relatively small, the number of Internet gamblers who do not screen negative for gambling problems is much higher. In addition, Internet gamblers with problems are often more engaged in Internet modes than non-problem gamblers.
Another study found that the most common indicator of a gambling problem was the number of gambling activities performed in the last 12 months. This measure is not very useful in predicting the severity of an Internet gambler’s problem. The same study also found that, compared to Internet gamblers with problems, non-problem gamblers were more likely to engage in Internet modes of gambling. In addition, they were more likely to use gambling sites with risky games.
While some researchers have pointed out that self-report is prone to bias and that a single gambling index is not enough to predict gambling problems, a number of studies have found that Internet gambling participation is not a good indicator of problem gambling severity. The research also finds that Internet gamblers who engage in gambling problems also engage in a wide variety of risk-taking behaviours.
A study of Internet gamblers in Australia found that Internet gamblers were less likely to drink alcohol and smoke while gambling. The study also found that Internet gamblers were more likely to participate in online gambling games and were more likely to spend money on online gambling than on other activities.