While gambling has traditionally been viewed as an adult activity, there is a growing body of research that a significant number of adolescents are not only gambling but are experiencing gambling related problems. As ease of access via Internet wagering has increased, so too have some of the concomitant problems. Social casino gambling, often thought of gambling without risking one’s money through the use of virtual currency, has become increasingly popular. The current review examines whether we should be concerned over its widespread use and whether such social games should be regulated.
Source: Derevensky, J. L., & Gainsbury, S. M. (n.d.). Social casino gaming and adolescents: Should we be concerned and is regulation in sight? International Journal of Law and Psychiatry. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijlp.2015.08.025