As time passes by, gambling is increasingly becoming popular in most nations. The development of new technologies such as the Internet affected the prominence of gambling. New technologies also improve the accessibility of people to gambling premises which contributed to the growing number of gamblers.
Gambling is important to local and national governments because it is one of the sources of public revenues. The legalization of gambling has opened additional employment opportunities and improved the tourism in a community. However, many groups oppose the legalization of gambling due to the threats it posed to the financial state of gamblers.
Based on several studies, social analysts found that there are different types of people who participate in gambling events. These include the social or recreational gamblers, frequent gamblers, problem gamblers, pathological gamblers and professional gamblers.
Social or recreational gamblers visit gambling establishments and participate in gambling events for the sake of having fun and as another way of relaxation and entertainment. They do not experience financial problems caused by gambling because they view the money they spent in bets as the price for their relaxation.
Frequent gamblers are also called as the serious gamblers. Gambling is an important part of the lives of frequent gamblers. However, if they have a great focus on gambling, serious gamblers do not let their finances be affected by their behavior. They do not use money set aside for their daily needs in gambling. The work performance of frequent gamblers is also not affected by their deep interest in gambling.
Problem gamblers are considered the people who are experiencing at least one negative effect of gambling. Most of the time problem gamblers have financial troubles and their performance in their works are affected by gambling. Problem gamblers should be able to strengthen their self-control because gambling addiction may turn problem gamblers into pathological gamblers.
Pathological gamblers are considered by psychiatrists as patients suffering from a mental disorder. Pathological gamblers are commonly experiencing financial problems because they use the money allotted for their daily needs and investments. Pathological gamblers are recommended to consult and seek help from health experts.
Professional gamblers are players who are disciplined and they plan every move and every bets they place. These gamblers rarely increase their bets and gambling is their primary source of income. However, it is also possible that professional gamblers turned into problem and pathological gamblers.
Just like any other form of entertainment and relaxation, gambling may bear negative and positive consequences. Hence, gamblers should know that the effects of gambling depend on one’s attitudes and perceptions on gambling.