Explaining one’s feelings can sometimes be an impossible task, especially for something as controversial as betting. People who don’t find this hobby thrilling are quick to judge it and often turn to addiction as one of the main arguments against it. However, there’s much more to it than meets the eye. Today there are plenty of scientific explanations detailing how and why we gamble. The more we know about it, the better we are at keeping its addictive side at bay. Our infographic clearly lays out the numbers, reveals gamblers through processes, and gives you the answers you didn’t even know you needed.
Odds Against Humanity: Why Do We Love to Bet?
- The psychology of a gambler
We’ll start things off with a little bit of popular psychology that explains how the brain of a gambler works. Defining this might help you figure out why you’re always chasing your losses and waiting for the next big break. There’s a lot more going on than you might think.
- Gambling and betting habits
Do you feel embarrassed about placing a bet this morning on the train to work? Don’t worry about it. Although most people bet from the comfort of their home, for some it’s part of their daily commute routine, or a fun activity they can do at work.
- Why is it so addictive?
How does this fun pastime turn into something more serious? Being aware of the key factors that might affect addiction is essential for keeping your gambling in check.
- UK and US betting numbers
On average, the Brits spend about £2.75 on gambling every week. In total, the Americans gamble away about $150 billion. However, do you know how much of it goes through legal channels? Not a huge amount.
- The popularity of sports betting
What are the most popular sports in the UK and US? Try to guess without looking at the graph and then check your answers to claim the title of the ultimate sports betting connoisseur.
Let’s get to it.