What Drives People to Gamblers Addiction?
Gamblers are all about the thrill of the gamble. For some it is the thrill of winning big money while for others it is the thrill of betting small amount of money that actually turns out to be big. Gambling is basically the wagering on something with an uncertain result with the aim of winning some other thing of equal value. Therefore, gambling needs three components to be present: risk, consideration, and a reward. Let’s have a look at these aspects in detail.
The first component of gambling is risk. The people who gamble are usually risk averse. They will try their level best not to take too much risks so as to reduce the effect of risk upon their winnings.
Another component is related to social meaning or expectations. The people who are most prone to develop compulsive behaviours are people who attach strong social meaning to certain events. This means that they become immersed in ‘the game’ or activity and lose sight of the real world outside gaming. So, for a person to start developing problems with gambling it is important for them to lose the attachment they have towards the game / activity in order to start enjoying other things beyond gaming.
A third component is related to rewards. Winners are always looking for some kind of reward when they gamble. There are a lot of gambling activities that can provide rewards. For example, slot machines offer cash, gifts, vacations, tickets to popular events like concerts, film shows, etc. In fact, a lotteries are also known to provide a reward for a lot of players.
The last component is related to the ease with which gambling activities can be carried out. Slot machines and lotteries are very difficult to start up and may require several weeks before gamblers can actually start earning money. Withdrawal from personal savings may take up to two months and the same from a bank account can take even longer. On the other hand, gambling at an online casino can be started within a few minutes.
The uncertainty associated with any gambling activity makes people willing to experiment with different methods of making money. As a result, there is no single method that works for everyone. It is up to the individual themselves to determine what method they are most comfortable with and uses. Once that has been determined, then a person can start experimenting with various types of gambling games in order to find the type of gambling activity that suits them best.