Internet Gambling Addiction
by Jerry "Jet"
June 01, 2006
addiction is a condition where a person does an activity
more by compulsive habit than by choice or chance.
Although gambling is seen more as a form of
entertainment, the Internet has now taken the gambling
world by storm. You need not go all the way to Las Vegas
to enjoy the various gambling games. Every game that you
can think of is now available online at your fingertips.
Internet Gambling exists in many forms and is considered
one of the easiest of ways to make money.
Why Internet Gambling may be an addiction?
The Internet can keep you hooked for hours together. One
may start gambling on the Internet with small amounts of
money and at comparatively less risky games but may soon
end up with gambling addiction, putting large amounts of
money on games that tend to get riskier. Progressive or
compulsive gamblers have a problem quitting gambling and
spend more and more time at these sites away from their
family and friends.
Gambling disrupts social life
person addicted to Internet Gambling may start misusing
his time in order to gamble. This means that the time,
energy and concentration necessary at home or at work
reduces and the person may experience serious problems
like debt, disruption of family life, a job loss or even
involving oneself in criminal or illegal activities.
Spending time and that too, hours together gambling away
on the Internet can completely disturb your social life
as gambling games can wrap you up so much that you
forget anything else exists.
Other problems due to Internet Gambling Addiction
Internet gambling addiction can lead to many problems
for a person. Gambling also harms a person financially.
It can also affect the person mentally by making him a
compulsive gambler who believes luck will eventually
make him win. Social acceptance for a gambler is
negative and people generally find themselves staying
away from persons known to be compulsive addicts to
gambling, as they are prone to borrowing money from
others to continue with their gambling activities when
they find themselves short of money. Gradually becoming
a compulsive habit and an addiction, Internet gambling
can do more harm to the person than just proving to be
the cause of decrease in wealth.
Help for the Internet Gambling
Fortunately, help is available in the form of counseling
and treatment for an addict. Family and friends can also
be of help. Employers can guide a person if they notice
anything wrong with his behavior at the workplace.
Although there is no sure shot way to wean a person away
from Internet gambling, people around him can make him
realize the bad effects of gambling and how it can
disturb not just his own life but also of those around
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