Interactive television quizzes as gambling: a cause for concern?

Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2007. Interactive television quizzes as gambling: a cause for concern? Journal of Gambling Issues (JGI), 20, pp. 269-276.

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Recently, there has been a significant increase in the number of UK television shows in which viewers call into the show using a premium-rate telephone service. At one level it could be argued that in these instances viewers are participating in a lottery. Viewers are typically asked to call a premium-rate telephone line to answer a simple question. Winners are then chosen from all those viewers with the correct answer. It could also be argued that the viewer is staking money (i.e., the cost of the premium-rate telephone call) on the outcome of a future event (i.e., whether they will get the correct answer). This again could be defined as a form of gambling. Interactive television quiz shows share many of the dimensions of interactive television gambling and also raise the same concerns about vulnerable and susceptible populations. These concerns are discussed.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Gambling Issues (JGI)
Creators: Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Date: 2007
Volume: 20
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:30
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:31

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