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Social responsibility tools in online gambling: a survey of attitudes and behavior among internet gamblers

Griffiths, M, Wood, R and Parke, J 2009, 'Social responsibility tools in online gambling: a survey of attitudes and behavior among internet gamblers' , Cyberpsychology & behavior : the impact of the Internet, multimedia and virtual reality on behavior and society, 12 (4) , pp. 413-421.

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Abstract

To date, little empirical research has focused on social responsibility in gambling. This study examined players’ attitudes and behavior toward using the social responsibility tool PlayScan designed by the Swedish gaming company Svenska Spel. Via PlayScan, players have the option to utilize various social responsibility control tools (e.g., personal gaming budgets, self-diagnostic tests of gambling habits, self-exclusion options). A total of 2,348 participants took part in an online questionnaire study. Participants were clientele of the Svenska Spel online gambling Web site. Results showed that just over a quarter of players (26%) had used PlayScan. The vast majority of those who had activated PlayScan (almost 9 in 10 users) said that PlayScan was easy to use. Over half of PlayScan users (52%) said it was useful; 19% said it was not. Many features were seen as useful by online gamblers, including limit setting (70%), viewing their gambling profile (49%), self-exclusion facilities (42%), self-diagnostic problem gambling tests (46%), information and support for gambling issues (40%), and gambling profile predictions (36%). In terms of actual (as opposed to theoretical) use, over half of PlayScan users (56%) had set spending limits, 40% had taken a self-diagnostic problem gambling test, and 17% had used a self-exclusion feature.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Business & Law > Salford Business School > Centre for Digital Business
Journal or Publication Title: Cyberpsychology & behavior : the impact of the Internet, multimedia and virtual reality on behavior and society
Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1094-9313
Depositing User: J Parke
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2011 12:16
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:13
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/18215

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