In a recent study, Wiebe, Cox, and Falkowski-Ham (2003) analyzed Internet gambling statistics for adults and found that 4.7% of them reported engaging in internet gambling in the past year. The prevalence of internet gambling among individuals was also higher among those who have a gambling problem. However, most of the current research is still in its infancy, and the prevalence rates are low. Researchers predict that the prevalence of online gambling will rise among younger and older people, and pathological gamblers.
Overall, 26 percent of the global population engaged in internet gambling. The US and Australians were found to be the most popular countries for online gambling, with an average of 3.2 accounts per person. Despite the rising prevalence rate, there are still many limitations in reporting statistics on the subject. Some studies have shown that the most common barrier to participating in online gambling is not a gambling problem, but a lack of information or time. In general, however, there are several factors that lead to online gambling.
According to the latest survey, about 5% of adults have engaged in online gambling within the past year. Men reported a higher prevalence of online gambling than women, which may be due to increased access to the Internet. The University of Connecticut Health Centre’s survey found that 20% of adults in the UK had played at least one game on the internet, with one in five of those individuals reporting that they did not gamble outside the home. As the study revealed, the prevalence of online gambling has increased significantly among those aged 18-24.