Why Teens Gamble


Teens, like everyone else, gamble for a lot of different reasons. We don’t know all of the reasons, but we know that entertainment, socialization and competition are some of the biggest.

Reasons teens gamble include:

  • For Entertainment1
  • Socialize with each other (gain attention from peers or peer pressure)2
  • A family member/loved one gambles2
  • Competition, or the action of the game2
  • Loneliness, boredom, stress, problems at home or for a way to “pass the time”2
  • To try to win money2


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