400,000 U.S. College Students Gamble Online Every Week
Jim LiebeltJim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
- 2010 Oct 25
Despite US Congress introducing the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) in 2006 to effectively prohibit online gaming in the country, a recent report has revealed the number of college students gambling online has actually shot up over the past few years.
The University of Pennsylvania study by the Annenberg Adolescent Communication Institute revealed that 16% of male college students now admitted to gambling online compared to just 4.4% in 2008.
The telephone study conducted on fourteen to twenty-two year olds also concluded that the number of high school students gambling every month online had risen from 2.7% to 6.2% over the same period. High school females gambling online on a monthly basis were also up from 0.5% to 1.5%.
In total, 400,000 college-aged males were found to gamble each week online or 1.7 million every month. An additional half a million high school students could also be found gambling online every month.