Spanish University Conducts Study on Online Gamblers

Online gambling behavior theme of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid’s study

The first study on online gambler behavior was conducted by the Carlos III University of Madrid, after they had analyzed gambling patterns and perceptions among internet punters. The study report underlines that the amount of money wagered is often underestimated, and that in reality, if a gambler states they’ve bet EUR22 a month, they’ve actually spent EUR40.

Also, online gamblers have a tendency to act more like "internauts" than traditional gamblers. "They think that they are browsing the 'Net, going into pages of this type and gambling, believing that they are still browsing. On the other hand, in the case of conventional gambling, if you are going to make a bet on football scores, playing instant lottery, buying a lottery ticket, or taking part in a bingo game, you are more aware that you are gambling," explained José Ignacio Cases, the head and coordinator of the project together with Javier Ruiz, of the del Instituto de Política y Gobernanza (The Institute for Policy and Governance) at UC3M.

The data in question was collected in a survey based on 1,000 interviews and led by Professor José Antonio Gómez Yánez. It proves that the Spanish society engages in gambling quite commonly, based on the percentage of Spaniards aged 18 to 75 who have tried gambling at least once (92.4 percent), whereas almost a half of them (49.4 percent) gamble habitually. Taking into consideration how wide the gambling population is, it almost coincides with the population as a whole, but it should be noted that gamblers are more commonly men than women, and in terms of their age and social status, most are between the ages of 22 and 55, and come from medium high social status.

According to Cases, a little known reality in Spain is that a great number of workers are engaged in the gaming industry involves, as well as many millions of euros, whereas a large number of citizens (practically all adult) get winnings. Also, based on the interviews, the monthly amounts spent on gambling range from EUR6 to 35 a month in case of 55 percent of the interviewees, who on average usually dedicate 10 minutes a day to the pastime.

Based on the report, it can be concluded that Spanish players do not consider themselves very lucky, and their confidence in being lucky reduces with age, average social status and frequency of gambling, and it is higher among men than women.

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