More US Youth Gamble Online

Published November 16, 2010 by OCR Editor

More US Youth Gamble Online

Online gambling popular amongst US youth.

More US high school girls and college-aged boys are gambling online, according to a new survey.

The National Annenberg Survey of Young found that 16% of college-aged males gamble online on a monthly basis, a big increase from the last survey in 2008 when the figure was at 4.4%.

It's the same picture with high school girls, whose monthly online gambling has tripled since 2008, rising from 0.5% to 1.5%, although they are still less likely to gamble than boys their age.

The Bigger Picture

Before the alarm bells ring too loudly, consider the fact that when taking into account stats for both online and offline gambling, the survey actually shows decreased gambling activity.

Participation in online and offline gambling remained about the same for college-age girls and dropped for males of both high school and college age, compared to the 2008 survey.

The survey also found thatdespite the increase of gambling in some groups, the symptoms of problem gambling have dropped dramatically from 12.1% in 2008 to 2.9% in 2010. The figure falls below 2% for young girls.

National Projections

The survey was conducted by the Annenberg Adolescent Communication Institute at the University of Pennsylvania and has captured the current state of youth gambling. The university surveyed 596 youths between the ages of 14 to 22.

If the survey results are projected on a national basis they indicate that 1.7 million US males aged 18 to 22 and around 530,000 high school boys gamble online at least once a month.

Boys' Favorite Online Gambling Activity

The survey also revealed that the most popular form of online gambling for young males (whatever their age) has remained unchanged since the last survey. Boys responding to the survey indicated that sports betting is their favorite pursuit, with around 25% indicating they placed a sports bet in an 'average month'.

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