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Online gamblers can keep themselves in check through voluntary limit-setting

Study finds proof that setting voluntary monetary limits can help players stay in control of their gambling and the most significant effects

Scientists have found proof of the positive effects of voluntary monetary limits in online gambling platforms and have said that there is positive influence on behaviour of individuals who are obsessed with online gambling.

The study of more than 49,500 online gamblers found that setting voluntary monetary limits can help players stay in control of their gambling and the most significant effects were seen among intense gamblers. The findings are published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. Click here to read the full-text article free on the Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking website through February 15, 2020.

“The Effects of Voluntary Deposit Limit-Setting on Long-Term Online Gambling Expenditure” was coauthored by Michael Auer and Niklas Hopfgartner, neccton GmbH (Müllendorf, Austria) and Mark Griffiths , Nottingham Trent University (U.K.). The study examined whether setting voluntary monetary limits had any effect on online gambling expenditure over a one-year period. The researchers also 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 study showed that there was a significant decrease in the amount of money spent over the one-year period among the 10% most intense gamblers.

“This study reported on a dataset of 49,560 players from 7 countries and appears to further support the positive influence responsible gambling tools, such as limit setting, can have on individual behavior,” says Editor-in-Chief Brenda K. Wiederhold, PhD, MBA, BCB, BCN, Interactive Media Institute, San Diego, California and Virtual Reality Medical Institute, Brussels, Belgium.

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