How the internet has caused an increase in gambling addiction
The concept of gambling has been around for a while now, with many reports suggesting that even in 7300 BC, people have indulged in the activity. Of course, the word gambling stood for people betting on their favorite athlete or team to win a particular bout or competition, but today, we are looking at gambling becoming a sort of sport in itself.
Let’s talk about the previous decade, where gambling actually took off. Initially, if you wanted to indulge in gambling, the process was a bit tedious. Either you had bookies who frequented the venue of the game or bout, and you placed your bet with them, or you would have a bit of friendly gambling between friends. Also, if you wanted to gamble, the entry fees were usually on the higher side, making it a niche activity for a time. However, everything changed with the dawn of the internet. The past decade has seen the internet become better, faster, and most importantly, accessible to the mass public. The dawn of smartphones and related technology has also led to the boom of apps, which minimizes the effort for most tasks, exponentially.
In this article, we are concerned, not with the various apps or websites that aid in gambling, but rather about how the internet has caused this activity to become an addiction. Let’s talk a bit more about that.