UK Gambling Attitude and Statistics

UK Gambling Attitude and PerceptionThe latest report by the UK Gambling Commission examines UK gambling attitude, participation and behaviour of the people.

Research was carried out to give insight into people perceptions during 2016 and how they might have gambled. The effects of online gambling, the devices they use and the influence of social media were also examined. Consumer awareness surrounding terms and conditions, self exclusion and other management tools were also used.

James Green, programme director said: “This report paints an important picture of how consumers in Britain choose to gamble – identifying emerging trends and potential risks to the public. We are also now able to provide a more detailed snapshot of online behaviours, which featured for the first time last year.

“Effective protections come from strong evidence. Our research puts us in a powerful position to better understand the needs of gambling consumers.”

Statistical Findings

The findings include some interesting statistics:

  • 48% of respondents have gambled in the past four weeks (a 3% increase on 2015), this figure drops to 33% when you exclude those that have only played the National Lottery.
  • of those surveyed, 53% of men (50% in 2015) and 44% of women (41% in 2015) have gambled.
  • 17% of people that gambled did so online, with 97% of online gamblers gambling at home. (unchanged from last year)
  • use of mobile phones or tablet devices to gamble has increased by 10% since 2015, to 43%.
  • 23% of gamblers have read terms and conditions.
  • 68% of 18-24 year olds have been prompted to gamble by adverts and posts on social media.
  • 0.7% of those that have gambled in the past 12 months identified as problem gamblers (compared to 0.5% in 2015), with 5.5% identified as at-risk gamblers.
  • 6% of gamblers have ever self-excluded, an additional 37% of gamblers are aware of self-exclusion, an increase of 8% from 2015.
  • gambling on gaming machines in bookmakers has remained stable at 1.5% (compared to last year).
  • 67% of respondent’s think people should have the right to gamble whenever they want.
  • 78% of respondents feel there are too many opportunities to gamble nowadays, whilst 69% feel gambling is dangerous for family life.

Following our work with the Competitions and Markets Authority into unfair terms and conditions, respondents were asked why they felt terms were unfair. The top three areas of concern were:

  1. having to wager a certain amount before you can claim prize/winnings.
  2. unfair limits on the availability of/qualifying for a free bet.
  3. it being too difficult to win or in the companies favour.

Our own UK gambling attitude is as follows.

Our Comments

The three main areas of concern are those same concerns which are always raised within the gambling industry. This could lead to fairer terms and conditions in the industry eventually. The comments are targeted at the online casino industry who all to often muddies the waters, but most are the same. They do try to give away free offers which are then attached with strings. The industry seems set for the future though, as long as people keep signing up.

Those playing the National Lottery should not really be bracketed in together with those who play in online casinos. The purchase of an lottery ticket is anything but complicated and totally transparent.

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