Online sports betting will create a new generation of problem gamblers

Internet sports gambling is a massive expansion of gambling. Access to sporting events worldwide 24 hours a day makes gambling just a click away and fuels gambling addiction. Internet sports gambling appeals to young people, who could place bets over their phones or computers, without their families knowing.

Sports gambling advertising is very aggressive. A recent study found that Twitter users under the age of 18 who follow popular sports accounts are being “bombarded” with gambling ads. Studies indicate that youths who view these ads are more likely to gamble.

Nearly 10 percent of high school students are gambling online, and more than 40 percent are gambling in any form, according a study published in Science Daily. A 2016 survey by the NCAA found 24 percent of male student athletes and nearly 5 percent of current NCAA women wagered on sports in the past year. Millennials (25-34 years of age) were responsible for the biggest increase in online gambling last year. Online sports betting will create a new generation of problem gamblers.

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