Hind the psychology of gambling #infgraphic

It evokes fun, random luck and a sense of collective dedication to calling gambling an "opportunity game." These playful connotations may be part of why nearly 80% of American teenagers are playing at some point of their lifetime. When I ask my psychology learners why they think people are playing, the most popular suggestions are for pleasure, money, or excitement.

While these may be reasons why people first play, psychologists definitely don't know why gambling stops being for some a enjoyable diversion and becoming compulsive. What keeps people playing even when it stops being pleasant? Why do people know that matches are meant to lose? Are some people just more unfortunate than the rest of us, or worse when the odds are calculated?

infographic by: bojoko.com

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