US Students Gambling Online More Than EverPublished October 26, 2010 by OCR Editor
Poll is more proof that online gambling must be regulated, not banned.
Students in the USA are gambling online more than they were previously - despite the effective ban on the practice - a new study has found.
The study, which was conducted by the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Adolescent Communication Institute, found that some 16% of male college students now gambling online, up from just 4.4% in 2008.
The telephone study, which polled those in the 14-22 age bracket, also found that 6.2% of high school students gamble online each month, up from 2.7% in 2008. The rate of female high scholars who gamble online each month rose from 0.5% to 1.5%.
In total, it was found that around 400,000 college aged-males gamble online each week, or 1.7 million when expanded to include an entire month.
Institute director Dan Romer said upon release of the results that "the dramatic increase in use of online gambling by college-aged male youth indicates that payment restrictions on such sites are no longer a barrier to young people."
The 2006 Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act effectively banned online gambling by outlawing the transfer of funds from a financial institution to Internet gambling sites.
But citing the unfairness and ineffectiveness of such a law, efforts continue to push forward HR2266 and HR2267, which aim to overturn the ban and instead regulate the online gambling industry.