Many start their morning off with coffee.
Imagine three sips in someone stops you and says no more for you. You can wait a
day or pay to maybe you get your coffee back. This probably won’t happen to you
with coffee, but it does with mobile gaming. Ever heard of freemium? It’s a
type of game that’s free to start playing, but will get you to pay money
later. This becomes gambling when paying for
the chance to advance. For example, by paying $2.79 I can try again to beat
this level, but I don’t actually know that I will and that makes it gambling.
With the rise of mobile games like this that blur the lines of gambling, there’s
a greater rate of problematic gambling in youth than with adults. It can become
a problem when it’s more money than you can afford and can lead to anxiety and
even depression. That said, there’s hope. If you can wait the time limit, do it. If
not, create a budget to determine how much you can afford to spend on gaming
knowing that you may lose that money with no gain.
Play the game, don’t let it play you. If you do find yourself in need of support,
here are resources that can help you turn things around.