Adolescent gambling and gambling-type games on social networking sites: Issues, concerns, and recommendations

Article Catalan; Valencian OPEN
Griffiths, Mark D. (2015)
  • Publisher: Universitat Ramon Llull
  • Journal: Aloma: revista de psicologia, ciències de l'educació i de l'esport Blanquerna

Research indicates that compared to the general population, teenagers and students make the most use of social networking sites (SNSs). Although SNSs were originally developed to foster online communication between individuals, they now have the capability for other types of behaviour to be engaged in such as gambling and gaming. The present paper focuses on gambling and the playing of gambling-type games via SNSs and comprises a selective narrative overview of some of the main concerns and issues that have been voiced concerning gambling and gambling-type games played via social network sites. Overall, there is little empirical evidence relating to the psychosocial impact of adolescents engaging in gambling and gambling-type activities on SNSs, and the evidence that does exist does not allow definitive conclusions to be made. However, it is recommended that stricter age verification measures should be adopted for social games via SNSs particularly where children and adolescents are permitted to engage in gambling-related content, even where real money is not involved.
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