Editors

David G. Schwartz

Document Type

Occasional Paper

Publication Date

6-2014

Publication Title

Center for Gaming Research Occasional Paper Series: Paper 26

Publisher Location

Las Vegas, Nevada

First page number:

1

Last page number:

12

Abstract

Gambling has always led to addictive behavior in some individuals. However, the number and types of addicted gamblers have changed over time and in response to specific gambling environments. Recent work by historians, journalists, and anthropologists, reviewed in this paper, suggests that the situation worsened during the modern era, and that it has become worse still during the last half century. Technological, organizational, and marketing innovations have “weaponized” gambling, increasing both the likelihood that people will gamble and that they will gamble compulsively—a phenomenon with parallels to several other consumer products, including processed food, digitized games, and psychoactive drugs.

Keywords

Compulsive behavior; Compulsive gambling; Consumer behavior; Internet gambling; food addiction; Gambling; gambling history; gambling addiction; machine gambling; Nevada--Las Vegas

Disciplines

Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms | Gaming and Casino Operations Management | Sociology

Language

English


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