|According to a piece published recently in the conservative Citizen magazine, the latest generation of slot machines are putting children at a higher risk of developing an addiction to gambling.|
Citizen is a periodical for America’s ‘Focus on the Family’ Action lobby group and is published ten times a year. The group is against gambling and urges readers to support the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA).
The piece said that the latest generation of slot machines are dangerous because they have been designed to appear computer-like with surround sound and flat-panel displays and allow players to compete against others.
“What we see in young people under 18 is that the risk for developing a problem with gambling is roughly three times that of the adult population,' said Alissa Sklar, a researcher at the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems.
The magazine said that this is because adolescents are taking greater risks and may not understand the financial implications involved in gambling.
Guy Clark, Chairman of the National Coalition Against Legalized Gambling, is quoted in the story as stating that the industry thrives on such problem gamblers.
“They’re trying to prepare the up-and-coming generation to accept gambling as just a normal part of life, perfectly acceptable, harmless entertainment,' he is quoted as saying.
'There’d be a much higher criminal rate, there’d be a much higher divorce rate, there’d be a much higher drug and alcohol rate because these things all expand with problem gamblers.”