|Online gambling by teenagers is becoming a huge public health concern in Europe: a recent survey found out that 1 in 8 is now gambling frequently. The survey covered 96,000 school students across 35 countries and revealed that while teenage smoking and drinking are declining, excessive screen time and new psychoactive drugs seem increasing.
The web has long been an integral part of daily life for the current generation of teenagers, but now it carries new worries about addictive use. According to statistics, European teenagers use the Internet on average 5.8 days a week, with girls using social media more regularly (83%) than boys (73%). However, online gaming is more popular among boys (39%) than among girls (7%).
At the same time, survey also reveals that 23% of teenage boys report gambling online for money in the past year – that is despite the fact that underage gambling is banned in many European countries. 12.5% of boys reported gambling frequently. Croatia, Cyprus, Finland, Greece, Montenegro and Slovenia are the countries where highest rates of frequent online gambling were found. The authors of the survey stressed that measures to prevent teenagers from developing problems associated with gambling, such as debts, psychological deficits and social disadvantages, are of high priority. They also believe there is mounting evidence that excessive Internet use, gaming and gambling can become as addictive as psychoactive substances. In their opinion, there is a strong link between using drugs, including smoking and alcohol, and risky behavior like online gambling. Therefore, particular efforts must be made to prevent early gambling and excessive use of the Internet and gaming in childhood and adolescence.
Thursday, September 22nd, 2016
|And thats just fine ,but if they file share there will be trouble.|
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