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Scottish women are increasingly falling into online gambling, and the reason is smartphones. That is the claim from the Scotsman Newspaper this weekend, which cites statistics from gambling charity RCA Trust.
According to their research, there is a 15% rise in the amount of women falling in debt due to usage of online bingo and poker sites within the past year. Researches feel that women who feel that they are isolated are more likely to start online gambling than those who do not share that feeling. Living in a rural area exacerbates the feelings of isolation according to the report.
RCA Trust Counseling Manager Andy Todd is quoted as saying, "This is becoming a major issue. It is the tip of the iceberg - there will be a lot more women out there who are in the same situation and do not come to us, or any other organisations, for help."
"The key is the accessibility - that people can log in 24-7 from their smart phone as well as from their computer,"
Problem gambling is an addiction shared worldwide by people of all races, ages and genders. According to the British Gambling Prevalence Survey 2007, .6% of all residents in the UK have problem gambling issues.