When you’re gambling in any medium it’s to be expected that you may well go beyond your means. Whether it be a high roller or just the guy sitting home taking breaks from stints on World of Warcraft to place some bets and play some craps, there’s every chance that you’ll be overspending from what you originally planned to lay.
Thankfully for us, a recent study in Spain has…told us just this.
The Institute for Policy and Governance part of the UC3M undertook the research into gambling habits, with particular focus on the online area.
Professor José Antonio Gómez Yánez surveyed around 1000 gamblers between the ages of 18 and 75 and revealed that over 92% have gambled once, and 49.4% gamble on a regular basis.
Of utmost interest is the fact that gamblers playing online casino games were frequently gambling more than their limit. The report states that on average a gambler thinks he has bet €22 per month when it’s really closer to €40.
According to Jose Ignacio Cases, research co-ordinator, the goal of the research is: “initiating reflection from the academic point of view on a little known reality in Spain, that of the gaming industry, which involves a large number of workers, many millions of euros, with winnings going to a large number of citizens, practically all of them adults.”
He then added: “They think that they are browsing the net, going into pages of this type and gambling, believing that they are still browsing. On the other hand, in the case of conventional gambling, if you are going to make a bet on football scores, playing instant lottery, buying a lottery ticket, or taking part in a bingo game, you are more aware that you are gambling” said José Ignacio Cases, the research co-coordinator.”
Although it didn’t mention any emotions being felt by the players and whether they had been having a few glasses of Sangria whilst playing. As long as they’re happy, there isn’t a problem!