Until today, there have been many arguments pointed out about gambling, most of them evolve around the negative effects such as increasing crime, destruction of society and family and the numerous problems due to pathological and compulsive gamblers. Many gamblers would react that these are serious issues but the most seldom raised issues about gambling is the misunderstanding of its basic nature, the odds. They believe that they already understand the risks and odds associated with gambling but in reality, they do not! The confusion about biases, misunderstandings and risks among gamblers has made it easy for providers to defraud and manipulate them.
In addition, the increasing legalization of gambling results to increasing crime rates and also destructive to families and individuals. Often, gambling is addictive and many of the gamblers develop a problem or become compulsive gamblers. In fact, according to psychiatrists, pathological gambling is a progressive and chronic failure to resist gambling activities, a behavior that disrupts, compromises or damages family, personal and career pursuits.
As of today, statistics would show that compulsive and problem gamblers are increasing since gambling was legalized. This could lead to personal indebtedness and results in the destruction of the gambler’s family in terms of financial and emotional aspects. Most of the families will sacrifice because belongings, income and budget for basic needs will be used for gambling. As a result, debts could lead to crime and other negative behavior. This will inflict great costs to the gambler’s family and the society as well.
Despite the presentation of these valid facts to the society, gambling is still growing all around the world. Why is it becoming more popular even with the negative effects? This can be a difficult question to answer but after a long time of extensive studies, the biggest problem is misunderstanding. Yes, people know about its religious and moral arguments and aware of the social and economic costs but the three issues that are rarely discussed are the following:
- Most gamblers do not understand the extent of the odds.
- The different misunderstandings interfere with how people use these odds.
- Lotteries, casinos and other types of gambling providers manipulate gamblers to be more enticing with gambling.
After all these years when media plays a vital role to convey the advantages and disadvantages of gambling, there are still many misunderstandings, biases and false ideas that interferes people’s minds. Gambling is becoming more and more popular.
Finally, gambling may have its share of advantages why gamblers cannot avoid and stop this problem but the bigger picture tells that these gamblers have been manipulated by gambling providers.