New Reports Shows Sharp Increase In Mobile Gambling Addicts
The reality that just about every one of us is connected 24 hours to our smartphones is not lost on gambling operators. The mobile gambling market is one of the faster growing sectors which is resulting in increased problem gamblers. A new report conducted by the National Problem Gambling Clinic (NPGC) that was published by the BBC shows that the rate of NPGC patients that were struggling with mobile gambling has risen sharply in the last few years. The study shows that only 24% of NPGC patients had problems with mobile gambling on 2012-2013 but this figure has risen to 63% in 2016-2017.
Not surprising one of the main problems were the FOBTs which accounted for 59% of treated problems. Lighter sectors like Bingo contributed to only 8%.
The growing problem with mobile gambling is not lost on the government and spokesperson for UK’s Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sports also voiced their concern over this issue. The spokesperson said,” There is clearly more work needed in this area. We are currently undertaking a review of the gambling sector that includes looking at social responsibility measures across the industry, including protections around gambling advertising.”
The problem of mobile gambling in the last few years comes as no surprise to many. Experts like Clinical psychologist at the NPGC Neil Smith believe that,” The use of mobile phones as platforms to gamble on over the preceding five years is not surprising given their ubiquity in society.”