-- Robert Preidt
TUESDAY, Oct. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Monthly use of online
gambling sites among college-aged males in the United States jumped
from 4.4 percent in 2008 to 16 percent this year, a rise of nearly
12 percent, according to a new survey.
There was also a rise in overall online monthly gambling among
high school-aged females, from 0.5 percent to 1.5 percent,
according to the latest National Annenberg Survey of Youth.
Counting both online and offline gambling, monthly and weekly
rates actually dropped from 2008 to 2010 among high school- and
college-aged males and stayed about the same or dropped among
The rate of monthly and weekly gambling of all types among high
school females (aged 14 to 17 years), however, rose more than 9
percent in the same two years, although the gambling rate of both
high school- and college-aged females was still much lower than
that of their male counterparts.
The national telephone survey, conducted by the Annenberg
Adolescent Communication Institute (ACI) at the University of
Pennsylvania, included 835 respondents in 2008 and 596 respondents
in 2010. Their ages were 14 to 22.
Among high school-aged males, the monthly use of online gambling
sites increased from 2.7 percent to 6.2 percent, a change that was
not statistically significant. There was virtually no weekly use of
online gambling among males or females in this age group.
Projected on a national basis, the survey findings suggest that
more than 400,000 college-aged males (18 to 22) go online to gamble
at least once a week and more than 1.7 million do so at least once
a month. About 530,000 high school-aged males go online to gamble
once a month, the researchers calculated.
"The dramatic increase in use of online gambling by college-aged male youth indicates that payment restrictions on such sites are no longer a barrier to young people," ACI director Dan Romer said in an institute news release.
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