A new study has found that Australians’ gambling habits are changing.
A new survey of 1,000 Australians by the Australian Institute of Gambling and Research (AIGAR) found that the proportion of people who gamble regularly has increased, and is now more than double that of any other country.
One in four Australians said they gamble, while six in 10 reported regular gambling at least once a week.
AIGAR researchers found that in the year before the survey, just 16 per cent of Australians said their gambling habits were similar to their parents’ and grandparents’ in the early 1990s.
“The number of Australians who have started or continued to gamble has increased markedly over the past decade,” Dr Stephen Whitehead, a professor at the University of NSW, said.
“More than half of Australians, including almost two-thirds of those aged under 40, have ever gambled, and almost half have played a gambling game, according to a 2011 report by the Commonwealth Fund.”
The increase in gambling has been driven by the rapid increase in mobile phone usage, a rise in gaming consoles, and a number of other factors.
The researchers say the trend will continue.
Dr Whitehead said: “We’re going from about 20 per cent to 40 per cent more gambling activity in the next five years, and the increase is expected to be even more rapid if the trend continues.”
It’s very clear that the numbers of people getting into gambling are growing and the people that are getting into it are more engaged with gambling than ever before.