Panel Title

Session 2-4-F: Trends in New Gaming

Location

The Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

Start Date

8-6-2016 4:00 PM

End Date

8-6-2016 5:30 PM

Abstract

Simulated digital youth gambling is an area if concern among researchers and professionals. Of particular interest is the association between simulated and monetary gambling, and it has been suggested that some young people might migrate from simulated digital, free-to-play gambling with virtual currencies to gambling with real money. Research in the field of simulated digital youth gambling is relatively sparse, and lately researchers have been calling for longitudinal and qualitative research. The present study address this call and presents findings from a qualitative longitudinal study of gambling behaviors among Danish adolescents based on a cohort of 51 young Danes. Data has been collected over a three year period with three waves of interviews with a 10 to12-month frequency. Motivations for engaging in simulated gambling factors and processes related to transitions from simulated digital gambling to money gambling activities were of special attention. Findings indicate that for some young people, simulated digital gambling serves as a digitally facilitated form of sociality and also as a skill-building activity in relation to subsequent monetary gambling.

Keywords

Simulated digital gambling; Youth; Qualitative methods; Longitudinal; Denmark

Disciplines

Leisure Studies | Other Sociology | Social Psychology | Social Psychology and Interaction | Sociology

Comments

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Title slide: Playing for Fun or Gambling for Money? A Qualitative Longitudinal Study of Simulated Gambling among Young Danes

 
Jun 8th, 4:00 PM Jun 8th, 5:30 PM

From Playing for Fun to Gambling for Money: A Qualitative Longitudinal Study of Simulated Digital Gambling among Danish Adolescents

The Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

Simulated digital youth gambling is an area if concern among researchers and professionals. Of particular interest is the association between simulated and monetary gambling, and it has been suggested that some young people might migrate from simulated digital, free-to-play gambling with virtual currencies to gambling with real money. Research in the field of simulated digital youth gambling is relatively sparse, and lately researchers have been calling for longitudinal and qualitative research. The present study address this call and presents findings from a qualitative longitudinal study of gambling behaviors among Danish adolescents based on a cohort of 51 young Danes. Data has been collected over a three year period with three waves of interviews with a 10 to12-month frequency. Motivations for engaging in simulated gambling factors and processes related to transitions from simulated digital gambling to money gambling activities were of special attention. Findings indicate that for some young people, simulated digital gambling serves as a digitally facilitated form of sociality and also as a skill-building activity in relation to subsequent monetary gambling.