The erosion of nongambling spheres by smartphone gambling: a qualitative study on workplace and domestic disordered gambling

Lopez-Gonzalez, H., Jiménez-Murcia, S. and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2020. The erosion of nongambling spheres by smartphone gambling: a qualitative study on workplace and domestic disordered gambling. Mobile Media and Communication. ISSN 2050-1579

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Abstract

The potential dangers of internet-based gambling as compared with more traditional land-based gambling have been increasingly investigated over the past decade. The general consensus appears to be that although internet gambling might not be a more dangerous medium for gambling per se, the 24/7 availability it generates for problem gamblers, however, is. Because smartphones have become the most used way of gambling online, internet gambling must, therefore, be further subcategorized according to the device by which it is accessed. This study examines the issue by exploring the views of smartphone gamblers undergoing treatment for gambling disorder in focus group settings (N=35). Utilizing thematic analysis, the paper shows that smartphone gambling has colonized spaces previously regarded as nongambling spheres. The workplace, especially in male-dominated contexts, emerged as an accommodator and stimulator of gambling behavior, raising issues of productivity rather than criminality. Domestic gambling was mostly characterized by an invasion of bathroom and bedtime spheres of intimacy. The study examines the implications of prevention and treatment, focusing on the minimization of exposure to gambling stimuli, the erosion of intimacy that recovering gamblers must endure, and the necessity of embracing a broader definition of gambling-related harm.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Mobile Media and Communication
Creators: Lopez-Gonzalez, H., Jiménez-Murcia, S. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Sage
Date: 1 September 2020
ISSN: 2050-1579
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1177/2050157920952127DOI
1361321Other
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 08 Sep 2020 12:33
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2020 12:33
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/40638

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