Why Are Online Slot Games So Addictive?

Why Are Online Slot Games So Addictive?

This is a question that has been answered a thousand times in a million different ways. I had one person tell me once that slot machines are made to be more addictive than many hard drugs by professional Psychologists who build the machine to be hynotic and to keep you there while you spend all your money! This…of course, is simply not true. But what they are designed to be is as fair and transparent as possible. This means they are built to give the player the best gambling experience with fair odds. Yes! some people do have a problem with them, but studies have shown us that these people would have a problem with any form of gambling, not just slots.

So why do I love the slots so much? I love the thrill of never knowing what is next but also knowing that with each spin of the reels there is a chance (no matter how small) of me winning the jackpot. Its quick, easy, fun and there are so many great games to choose from, but Rainbow Riches is my favourite by far. I never gamble any more than I have set out to spend and never chase my losses. To me, they are a little bit of fun and a nice distraction from the outside world. If you are going to procrastinate online anyway why not have a chance of winning something while you do! At the end of the day, you don’t even have to play with real money these days as most sites have free-play modes.

But I digress. Would I say that I find them addictive? While I personally don’t have a problem I know a lot of people who do and a lot of them it was slot machines that got them into trouble. But looking at it from an objective view I have to wonder if that is because there are so many online slot sites! If 99% of gambling site games are slot games it makes sense that it was slots that got them addicted, but if the site offered a hundred and one ways to play wheel of fortune would they still have a gambling problem? Yes! It’s like saying only beer causes people to have alcohol problems, because to most people beer is what they have (or slots is what they play). Should we ban all beer? No, but we shouldn’t blame online slots for being the only addictive think on a casino site. A gamble (no matter what form) is a risk and to some people a risk is more than a gamble, its a passion, its something to go looking for and hunt down.

I might be trying to stick up for slot machines here, but I always appeal to anyone with even the slightest gambling problem to get help, to talk to someone. Breaking a gambling habit is not easy and I have seen several people go through it. If there is one thing they all say it is to TALK to people. Family, friends, just let people know you have a problem makes it a lot easier to deal with.

If you do disagree with me do let me know in the comments below. This is just my personal opinion and I would love to hear from anyone, even people who have had gambling problems. If I am wrong about anything I said here I am always happy to eat humble pie till it comes out of my ears.

1 Comment

  1. I had noticed you visited my recovery blog recently and I appreciate the visit. Knowing I am a woman maintaining recovery from addicted gambling 11+yrs now, I find this point of view interesting. I have never taken the stance that “gambling options” need to be banned nor would it be fair to those like you who can gamble responsibly for the fun and entertainment value of gambling. I just like the public to know there are many, many of us who can not.

    And the more options and expansion makes it more difficult for those who are addicted, who are problem gamblers, or those maintaining recovery. Informing the and educating people of how to get help if one becomes having a problem I feel is vital. So thank you for having an open mind and also sharing the dangers if one becomes having a gambling problem.

    Author, Catherine Lyon 🙂


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