Young People and Gambling 2022
- Executive summary
- Young people’s active involvement in gambling
- Experience of gambling
- The Impact of gambling on young people
- Online gambling
- National Lottery play
- Games and gaming machines
- The Context for gambling participation
- Attitudes towards and exposure to gambling
- List of gambling activities and definitions
Young people’s views on gambling
Young people were asked whether they agreed or disagreed with statements about gambling and were provided with a prompted list to remind them of the activities included in the definition of ‘gambling’ for the purposes of the survey.
Most young people (64 percent) felt that gambling was dangerous, with boys (66 percent) more likely than girls (60 percent) to agree. Young people who had not seen family members gamble were more likely to feel that it was dangerous (70 percent), than those who had seen family members gamble (60 percent), suggesting that exposure to gambling removes an element of danger associated with the unknown.
Only a minority of 11 to 16 year olds appeared to support young people being able to gamble. Around one in ten agreed that it is okay for people their age to gamble to see what it’s like (12 percent) and that most people their age gambled (8 percent). Even fewer young people agreed that it was okay for someone their age to gamble once a week (6 percent).
Figure 25: Young people’s views on gambling
Figure 25 information
GC_ATTMOST GC_ATTDANG GC_ATTOKONCE GC_ATTOKTRY. Thinking about gambling for money, how strongly do you agree or disagree with the statements below?
Base: All 11 to 16 year olds answering 'Most people my age gamble' (2,204). 'Gambling is dangerous' (2,211). 'I feel well informed about the risks of gambling' (2,203). 'It is OK for someone my age to try to gamble to see what it’s like' (2,206). 'It is OK for someone my age to gamble once a week' (2,204). 'People have spoken to me about the potential problems that gambling can lead to' (2,193).
Note: Where percentages for a question do not add up to 100 percent, this is due to computer rounding.
|Views||Percentage who strongly agree||Percentage who agree||Percentage who neither agree or disagree||Percentage who disagree||Percentage who strongly disagree||Percentage who don't know|
|Gambling is dangerous||26%||38%||18%||5%||2%||12%|
|It is OK for someone my age to try to gamble to see what it’s like||3%||10%||26%||28%||19%||14%|
|Most people my age gamble||3%||5%||16%||34%||18%||24%|
|It is OK for someone my age to gamble once a week||2%||4%||15%||36%||29%||15%|
Young people with experience of gambling with their own money in the seven days leading up to the survey were, perhaps unsurprisingly:
- more likely to agree that most people their age gamble (15 percent compared with 8 percent overall)
- accept that it is okay for someone their age to gamble too see what it is like (29 percent compared with 12 percent overall)
- to gamble once a week (14 percent compared with 6 percent overall).
Acceptance of gambling also increases with age; 20 percent of 16 year olds agree that it is okay for someone their age to try gambling, compared with 10 percent of 11 year olds.
Young people who have observed family members gambling were more likely to have felt that most people their age gamble (10 percent compared with 6 percent of those who have not seen family members gamble) and they were more likely to agree that it is okay to try gambling to see what it is like (20 percent compared with 9 percent of those who have not seen anyone in their family gamble).Previous section
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Last updated: 9 November 2022
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