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Gambling on smartphones : a study of a potentially addictive behaviour in a naturalistic setting.

James, Richard J.E. and O’Malley, Claire and Tunney, Richard J. (2019) 'Gambling on smartphones : a study of a potentially addictive behaviour in a naturalistic setting.', European addiction research., 25 (1). pp. 30-40.

Abstract

Smartphone users engage extensively with their devices, on an intermittent basis for short periods of time. These patterns of behaviour have the potential to make mobile gambling especially perseverative. This paper reports the first empirical study of mobile gambling in which a simulated gambling app was used to measure gambling behaviour in phases of acquisition and extinction. We found that participants showed considerable perseverance in the face of continued losses that were linearly related to their prior engagement with the app. Latencies between gambles were associated with the magnitude of reinforcement; more positive outcomes were associated with longer breaks between play and a greater propensity to end a gambling session. Greater latencies were associated with measurements of problem gambling, and perseverance with gambling-related cognitions and sensation-seeking behaviour.

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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1159/000495663
Publisher statement:© 2019 The Author(s) Published by S. Karger AG, Basel. This article is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY) (http://www.karger.com/Services/ OpenAccessLicense). Usage, derivative works and distribution are permitted provided that proper credit is given to the author and the original publisher.
Date accepted:20 November 2018
Date deposited:06 February 2019
Date of first online publication:10 January 2019
Date first made open access:No date available

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