No Internet Addiction Link to Gambling

MELBOURNE, June 30 (UPI) — Internet dependence and problem gambling are addictions, but Australian researchers found no link between excessive Internet use and problem gambling.

Dr. Nicki Dowling of the University of Melbourne and colleagues did an assessment of a group of university students in Australia and determined similar vulnerabilities — attributable to anxiety, stress, depression, loneliness and social isolation — appear to contribute to excesses in Internet use as well as gambling behavior.

However, the researchers conclude excessive Internet use and problem gambling appear to be separate disorders that share common underlying psychological profiles.

The study was published in the journal Rapid Communication in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.

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