Behind Gambling Psychology #infgraphic

Behind Gambling Psychology #infgraphic

It evokes fun, random luck and a feeling of collective commitment to call gambling a "game of opportunity." These playful connotations may be part of why at some stage in their lifetime nearly 80 percent of American adolescents are playing. When I ask my learners in psychology why they believe individuals are playing, the most common suggestions are for enjoyment, money, or excitement.



Although these may be reasons why people play first, psychologists certainly don't know why gambling starts being an enjoyable activity for some and becomes compulsive. Even when it stops being pleasant, what keeps people playing? Why do people know they're supposed to lose matches? Are some people just more unfortunate than the rest of us, or worse when the odds are calculated?
Behind Gambling Psychology #infgraphic

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