Self-reported losses versus actual losses in online gambling: an empirical study

Auer, M. and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2017. Self-reported losses versus actual losses in online gambling: an empirical study. Journal of Gambling Studies, 33 (3), pp. 795-806. ISSN 1573-3602

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Abstract

Many research findings in the gambling studies field rely on self-report data. A very small body of empirical research also suggests that when using self-report, players report their gambling losses inaccurately. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the differences between objective and subjective gambling spent data by comparing gambler’s actual behavioral tracking data with their self-report data over a 1-month period. A total of 17,742 Norwegian online gamblers were asked to participate in an online survey. Of those surveyed, 1335 gamblers answered questions relating to gambling expenditure that could be compared with their actual gambling behavior. The study found that the estimated loss self-reported by gamblers was correlated with the actual objective loss and that players with higher losses tended to have more difficulty estimating their gambling expenditure (i.e., players who spent more money gambling also appeared to have more trouble estimating their expenses accurately). Overall, the findings demonstrate that caution is warranted when using self-report data relating to amount of money spent gambling in any studies that are totally reliant on self-report data.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Gambling Studies
Creators: Auer, M. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Springer US
Date: September 2017
Volume: 33
Number: 3
ISSN: 1573-3602
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10.1007/s10899-016-9648-0DOI
Rights: © The Author(s) 2016. This article is published with open access at Springerlink.com. Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 11 Nov 2016 11:46
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2017 15:05
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/29072

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