Gambling Online and College Students

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The first attempt to regulate gambling online came in the late 1990s. Jon Kyl and Bob Goodlatte introduced bills to restrict online gambling, excluding state lotteries and horse races. However, these bills did not pass, so the idea was quickly dropped. In 2007, however, Barney Frank proposed HR 2046, a bill to amend the UIGEA to require licensing of internet gambling facilities. Similar bills have been introduced since then.

Participants in the study were college students aged 18 to 24, who reported that they were involved in online gambling at least twice per month. Recruitment occurred through two main methods: the first method was the recruitment of incoming first-year students at a large Canadian university. The questionnaire included a short screening for disordered gambling and included a series of items related to online gambling. This screening enabled researchers to recruit participants for focus groups. Other methods involved advertising and visiting large classrooms.

In addition to screening for disordered gambling, the survey surveyed college students between the ages of 18 and 24 years. All participants were required to report whether or not they engage in online gambling at least twice a month. This research included a focus group, which allowed researchers to obtain feedback on what types of questions to ask participants. Most participants only play on one or two sites, but 14.3% like to try out different websites. The research will be useful in identifying the best methods to protect people against the dangers associated with gambling online.

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