The Problem of Internet Gambling
problem of Internet gambling is a serious issue that changed the
gambling landscape for the worse. For many, getting to a
is not always easy or feasible, and is certainly much more difficult to
hide. With Internet gambling, however, access became so much
easier to say the least. While some companies block access to
Internet sites, such that accessing it from behind a corporate firewall
may not be possible, online casinos can be accessed virtually anywhere,
anytime. And let's not forget about portable devices like
laptops, netbooks, tablet PCs, and smartphones!
of Internet gambling will argue that if someone wants to gamble,
they'll find a way to get to a casino, so allowing them to do it online
is actually safer. Why is it safer? Online casinos
have limitations that you can set for yourself regarding how much you
can gamble (i.e. lose) in a given day, week, month, year, or lifetime.
And while that might be true for a given online casino,
don't coordinate amongst one another. In other words, there's
nothing stopping someone from gambling across different online casinos,
losing all of their money, just as if they had gambled in a physical
When asked about the problem of Internet gambling,
online casinos will also defend themselves by saying that there isn't
anything they can do to stop a problem gambler, and that it's not their
responsibility. While this may ultimately be true, there's no
doubt in my mind that easier access contributes to more problem
gamblers, and online casinos could do more to identify, and prevent
problem gamblers from going too far. The reality is that
are most interested in the profits they earn, and not the people,
lives, and families they destroy. There are no laws governing
ethical behavior, and profits will typically take a back seat to ethics.
the end of the day, however, it's certainly fair to say that if someone
wants to do it, if they need the high they get from gambling, that
ultimately find a way to gamble. I think that the point here
that it's difficult to argue that Internet gambling doesn't provide
easier access, and even access to under-aged kids, and that it's even
unethical and destructive to society, but that it's well within the
entrepreneurial spirit of the country to support it.
Governments are starting to appreciate the problem of
Internet gambling, and there are
laws that are starting to ban certain types of online gambling.
similar to pornography, it's likely to continue to exist online for the
All that said, Internet gambling leaves
a bad taste in my mouth, and I would encourage families to use tools
available to you to protect your children from gaining access to such
sites, at least in places that are in your control. While we
can't control other people's behavior, we can certainly take some
simple steps to make it a little more difficult for them to access!
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