Men Greatly Outnumber Women on Online Gambling Websites, But Women Are a Majority of the High Rollers

Rutgers,_The_State_University_of_New_Jersey_logoA study conducted by the Center for Gambling Studies at the School of Social Work at Rutgers University in New Jersey found that over the course of one year, nearly 77 percent of the people who made online wagers at gambling websites were men and most were young.

Lia Nower, the director of the Center for Gambling Studies and the leader of the study notes that “unlike casinos, which attract older players, the average online gambler is a young man, between the ages of 25 and 34. Less than one percent of gamblers were 65 or older and only 11 percent were 55 to 64.”

The study also found that about 10 percent of online gamblers made wagers every day, many on different web sites. What came as a surprise to researchers was that 53 percent of these frequent gamblers are women. The study includes many other gender-based statistics on online gaming behavior.

Dr. Nower had led the Center for Gambling Studies since 2007. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Saint Louis University, where she majored in English and communication. She also holds a master’s degree in communication and a law degree from Saint Louis University and a master of social work degree and a Ph.D. in social work from Washington University in St. Louis.

The study, Internet Gambling in New Jersey, may be downloaded by clicking here.

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