Many individuals in the recent past have involved themselves in online gambling that many find it enjoyable and entertaining. Others practice online gambling due to the benefits that are associated with it such as high probability of winning large sums of money while still at their convenience areas of comfort. However, many opponents of online gambling argue that it should be banned due to the negative effects that it is associated with it. Among the negative effects that are associated with online gambling include addiction, criminal activities, propagating poverty in families, causing family’s instability and reducing the economic productivity of individuals (McGowan 2008: pp. 61).
Most of the addiction as a result of online gambling occur when an individual is at his or home or even in the working areas. Moreover, among the factors that contribute to addiction are the fact that online gambling is practiced at any one’s convenience and it does not require travelling time especially when one has his or her computer. However, one realizes he or she has addicted when gambling habits starts to interfere with normal and major duties in his or her life or when he becomes unable to control his desire to gamble. For example, addicted individuals spend most of their time gambling and may avoid their duties such as reporting to their working areas or any other viable economic activities. Moreover, they begin to bet with large amounts of money, bets frequently have increasing number of debts, have growing hopes of winning large sums of money, trying to quit gambling without success among others (Spapens, Alan & Cyrille 2008: pp. 107).
Young boys and boys are the most vulnerable to online gambling since most of them spend most of their time on the internet. For example, most adolescents spend much time playing online games, chatting with their friends reading information about popular celebrities among others. However, online gambling is also a form of entertainment that they can find on the internet and may unknowingly find themselves in it without even aware of the consequences that are associated with it. Boys are the most vulnerable to online gambling because of their courage in taking risk activities compared to girls. In addition, nowadays there are free online gambling sites where schooling teenagers can access and learn various gambling activities. Moreover, when they happen to use pay to pay online gambling sites, the debts they accumulate are genuine and could impair their credit ranking or this of their parents if they are using the latter’s credit card. However, among the factors that motivate people to engage in online gambling includes; experiencing early winning, boredom and loneliness, starting the gambling at early ages, being brought up in family’s gambling has been practicing among others (Illes, Judy & Sahakian (2011): pp. 586).
Additionally, online gambling is also associated with criminal activities in a number of ways. For example, most gamblers spend most of their time gambling at the expense of other viable economic activities which could generate income. As a result, at one time they run out of money which motivate them to engage in criminal activities such robbery with violence, pick pocketing, murder, stealing, selling family assets among others. In addition, most online gamblers are easily tempted to engage in money laundering, violation of currency transactions, abusing credits, and cheating (Spapens, Alan & Cyrille 2008: pp. 107). Moreover, most of the individuals who practice online gambling with large sums of money are often the rich people who are in most cases the managers and owners of big companies. When they happen to lose, they engage in illegal practices such as cutting employees’ salaries, avoiding paying taxes, taking loans worth large amounts of money, forcing employees to give them bribes for a favour among others. For example, online gambling involves large transactions of money that do not generate taxes to the governments. The governments where these methods are practiced lose much money through tax avoidance by those individuals who practice online gambling.
Individuals who are addicted in online gambling are also been also reported committing many illegal practices in their families or to their family members. For example, most of them have been reported to have sold family assets such cars, land, television sets, buildings without the consent of the other family members. Alternatively, when they happen to be restricted from selling those family assets, they may commit crimes such as murder, injuries, and destructions among others (Spapens, Alan & Cyrille 2008: pp. 107).
However, online gambling has many benefits that online gamblers may experience besides the negative effects associated with it. For example, online gambling provides a fifty percent probability of winning large amounts of money while still making fun at one’s convenient place such as at home. Most people who gamble with large amounts of money is in a better position of winning large amounts of money in return. In addition, most first time online gamblers are often given extra 10 to 50 percent bonus which is encouraging to first time online players (McGowan 2008: pp. 61). Moreover, an individual who practices online gambling have a better chance of being assisted by other family members at home. Additionally, online gamblers have also the opportunity of taking tea or lunch while still gambling.
In conclusion, online gambling should be banned since the disadvantages that are associated with it outweigh the benefits. Moreover, the government should provide measures of restricting online gambling especially to the youths and individuals who are economically active so as to ensure the economic stability and growth.
McGowan, Richard. The Gambling Debate. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 2008. Print.
Illes, Judy, and B J. Sahakian. The Oxford Handbook of Neuroethics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. Print.
Spapens, A C, Alan Littler, and Cyrille Fijnaut. Crime, Addiction and the Regulation of Gambling. Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2008. Print.