The Risks of online gambling for younger males: insights from Czech national surveys

Anastasia Ejova, Šárka Licehammerová, Pavla Chomynová, Zuzana Tion Leštinová, Viktor Mravčík

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Compared to offline gambling forms, online gambling has been hypothesized to lead to a heightened risk of developing gambling pathology. Suggestions about who the risks apply to have varied. In light of the finding that online gambling and the associated financial difficulties are reported mostly by younger males, some hypotheses identify younger males as an at-risk group. An alternative possibility is that younger males simply display a trend that will emerge population-wide as online gambling proliferates. In this chapter, hypotheses about the population-wide and young-male-specific risks of online gambling are assessed using data from three nationwide Czech surveys. The hypotheses relating specifically to young men are, first, that young men are greater risk-takers who enjoy “practicing” in anonymous environments, and, second, that young men are more prone to overspending as a result of losing track of time during play.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLiving in the digital age
Subtitle of host publicationself-presentation, networking, playing and participating in politics
EditorsPascaline Lorentz, David Smahel, Monika Metykova, Michelle F Wright
Place of PublicationBrno, Czech Republic
PublisherMuni Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9788021078109
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • online gambling
  • pathological gambling
  • gender
  • risk-taking
  • dissociation

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