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
Why young people don’t gamble
A lack of interest in gambling is the most common reason cited by young people for never spending their own money on it (39 percent).
However, a similar proportion did not participate in gambling activities because it is illegal or thought they were too young (37 percent). This was followed by young people not wanting to play with real money and/or they would rather play with free games (25 percent), not being allowed to gamble by their parents (24 percent) and because it may lead to future problems (22 percent).
Figure 23: Reasons for not gambling - Top Ten responses (plus 'Other' and 'Don't know')
Figure 23 information
GC_NEVER. You said that you have never gambled or never spent your own money on gambling. Why is that?
Base: All 11 to 16 year olds answering who have never spent their own money on gambling (1346).
Note: This is a multiple response question, so the responses shown will not add up to 100 percent.
|Reasons for not gambling||Percentage (multiple response question, therefore answers do not sum to 100 percent)|
|It’s not something I’m interested in||39%|
|It’s illegal and/or I’m too young to do this||37%|
|I don’t want to play with real money and/or I would rather play free games||25%|
|My parents would not want me to and/or allow me to||24%|
|Because it might lead to future problems||22%|
|Because I will lose more than I will win||21%|
|I don’t agree with gambling and/or it is not right||21%|
|Because I am not likely to win money||19%|
|I don’t know enough about these gambling games||11%|
|It is against my religion||10%|
There were gender differences with girls (43 percent) more likely than boys (35 percent) to cite gambling not being an activity that they were interested in as a reason why they did not gamble. Boys (25 percent) were more likely than girls (19 percent) not to gamble because it may lead to future problems.
There were also age differences. 11 to 13 year olds were more likely to mention that their parents do not allow them to gamble than 14 to 16 year olds (29 percent compared with 19 percent), and were more likely to state that they did not agree with gambling than 14 to 16 year olds (26 percent compared with 17 percent).
Young people from ethnic minority groups were more likely than those who are white to cite reasons such as parents’ objection (32 percent compared with 21 percent), not agreeing with gambling (32 percent compared with 16 percent) and gambling being against their religion (29 percent compared with 1 percent).Previous section
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Last updated: 9 November 2022
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