Gambling has always been one of the favorite targets of conservatives and other similar groups. While those who do gamble reasonably tend to have their feathers ruffled because of this, I do have to admit that gambling does pose some problems. That is why, while I do not agree with gambling critics, I do understand where they are coming from.
What I recently discovered, however, is that online gambling can actually help with the normal problems associated with gambling in general. A study was conducted by Dr. Howard Shaffer and Bwin (a European betting group), and it showed that gamblers who do so online are less likely to become compulsive gamblers. The results are especially significant when the trends in online gambling activities are compared to the gambling trends in the 70s.
Dr. Shaffer states that their findings are actually contradictory to the hypothesis that the accessibility that online gambling offers will only make gambling problems worse. Instead, he says that the “overwhelming majority” of those who gamble online do so in a mild and moderate manner!
What does this mean to us? Well, it is quite simple. Perhaps, the United States government will see the value is allowing and even promoting online gambling. After all, much of the opposition to gambling involves the idea of addiction, the raucous behavior in casinos, and the like. If online gambling were allowed and everyone could freely access online casinos, then the other problems just might dwindle away into nothingness. Makes sense, doesn’t it?