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Setting Limits Can Help Online Gamblers Stay in Control

A new study has found that voluntarily setting monetary limits can help online gamblers stay in control of their gambling.

And, according to researchers, the most significant effects were seen among intense gamblers.

The study, which included 49,560 online gamblers, examined whether setting voluntary monetary limits had any effect on online gambling spending over a one-year period.

For the study, researchers Michael Auer and Niklas Hopfgartner of neccton GmbH in Austria and Dr. Mark Griffiths of Nottingham Trent University in the U.K., divided the participants into groups according to age, gender, and gambling intensity, which was defined as the total amount of money wagered during a three-month period.

Problem gamblers are more likely to fall into the higher intensity categories, the researchers noted.

According to the study’s findings, there was a significant decrease in the amount of money spent over the one-year period among the 10 percent most intense gamblers.

“This study reported on a dataset of 49,560 players from seven countries and appears to further support the positive influence responsible gambling tools, such as limit setting, can have on individual behavior,” said Brenda K. Wiederhold, editor-in-chief of Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, which published the study.

Source: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

Setting Limits Can Help Online Gamblers Stay in Control

Janice Wood

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Wood, J. (2020). Setting Limits Can Help Online Gamblers Stay in Control. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 19, 2020, from
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