Recent changes in the legislative framework governing gambling within the UK mean that Internet, and remote access, gambling is set to grow substantially within the next decade.
Internet gambling provides continuous and unrestricted access to a wide variety of gambling activities, including online betting and online gaming, with a very high degree of privacy. Little is known about how people use these services or the effects of the Internet on gambling behaviour more generally. This project aimed to expand understanding of the subject by undertaking a web-based survey of users of Internet gambling sites. Respondents accessed the survey through links placed on a broad range of Internet gambling sites, all of which had shown commitment to responsible practice. Areas covered by the survey included:
Demographic and occupational characteristics of users of internet gambling sites
Type, frequency and extent of online/offline gambling
Psychological characteristics, including any evidence of problem-gambling
Attitudes to risk and gambling behaviour as an entertainment
This project has important implications for policy and practice, as improving our understanding of online gambling will inform regulation within the UK, and assist the design and provision of appropriate interventions for individuals who develop problems controlling their gambling behaviour when using online gambling sites.
Partners and Support
This project was a collaboration with the Oxford University Department of Psychiatry, funded jointly by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) (RES-164-25-0008) and the Responsibility in Gambling Trust (RIGT).