Gambling is easy to access these days thanks to online gaming, smartphone apps, and more. Them being accessible online is the main problem when it comes to gambling among teenagers. It puts it on-demand basically and makes it feel more fun and risk-free. Of course, kids feel like it’s no big deal because it’s “just a game.”
It can seriously affect teenagers across all walks of life.
When it comes to video games, they already incorporate gambling. There was a huge controversy over loot-box systems because it was too similar to gambling and can cause gambling addiction in children itself.
Basically, you pay real money for a box of loot that can have good or bad items both without a guarantee of them being good or of them not being the same items if you rebuy it. That’s gambling but targeted at kids. It can awaken the thrill of gambling in them.
This is a good example of how gambling can sneak its way into kid’s lives. It is so easy to get kids to want to buy them though just to help them along in their games without realizing it is unfair. You start thinking about the risks and rewards aren’t comparable with real life, even though they are. Then that starts crossing over to real life as well.
Online gambling also doesn’t have strict enough rules enforcement when it comes to age restriction so kids can slip in too quickly.
Spotting Gambling In Teens
It can feel easy to spot gambling because it can be obvious in adults when they do it and lose money. With kids, it’s not so noticeable, and it is a bit different. When it comes to gambling addiction, it’s just not as obvious as drug addiction. Of course, losing money can be a warning sign.
Some people are always going to be more likely to become addicted. Those include people with ADHD or issues with impulse control. Living on the edge can be exciting and so can the thrill of gambling and the potential to lose it all.
When kids lose, they get confused and end up throwing more money at the problem not knowing how to deal with it adequately. This is because they still don’t understand loss and the right way to deal with it. Gambling can make reckless behavior worse. It can make it harder for kids to learn how to recognize risks and consequences.
Gambling and other things adults do can also just seem more exciting to teenagers, therefore, more desirable.
Gambling can also be a sign of something else like an underlying problem. They might gamble to start problems in the family because of the problems they are experiencing. A lot of time kids don’t know how to ask for help, so they act out and get in trouble to get noticed. Those who start with a gambling addiction end up having issues with drugs and alcohol because they make them more prone to it.