Online gambling: male and female psychology


A social construct is something that exists and always has existed. It makes us determine people according to the specific character or the title or even gender. While gender construct is slightly shifting due to human rights as well as the feminism waves, some facts and observations have had interesting results.

There have been fields where women were not even considered to be involved. One of them is gambling and casinos. In fact, having the modern picture, 56.2% of men and 43.8% of women in the UK have gambled at least once.

There was a survey carried out in 2016, where 1000 people were questioned. The participants were the ones who have gambled online within the last month. The selection was random, and people were selected from the different regions of the UK in order to provide the most accurate and valid representative spread of results.

There have been outlined 7 factors, that will be the most surprising to finding the similarity or difference between the male and female gamblers.

Game Preference

73% of men participating in the survey preferred sports betting when playing online. In the second place, there is online poker with 29.18% and in the last place in bingo with 28.65% of men playing it online.

In the case of females, bingo is definitely in the first place, being it the most popular game among the female gamblers with 60% of votes in favor. The second choice stands with sports betting, meaning that some of the competitive sides of online gambling have influenced women as well. The last choice is slots with only 34% of women playing it online. Nearly 30% of men, while just 20% of women play poker.

Why Do You Play?

When the question of – why do you play was asked, more or less similar answers were given. Most of the players play for one of three reasons, which are money, fun, and lure of winning.

If we take it to numbers, 54.9% of females and 56.6% of male respondents said they played to make money. 51.8% of females and 54.4% of male players said they were in it to win it. 22.5% of women and 19.4% of men gambled because they were bored and only 5% more men (25.7%) said that they played for the thrill of it. So does not matter whether you have two X chromosomes or the pair of XY, both sexes gamble for the almost same reasons. However, women have their own psychology in gambling and it is very different from men’s

What If?

There always is a probability of winning a lot of money, even if not a lot then some money, simultaneously there is always a risk of losing a lot of money. In this case, the respondents were asked what if they won 500 pounds, what would be their next action.

The responses defined that in terms of risk making, women are more cautious than men. 72.3% of women respondents said they would cash it out immediately. This compares to only 61% of men. Only 9% of women would use the cash to try and win even bigger, compared to 13% of men.

Never Have I Ever

The question of “never have I ever played” in the bathroom, in the toilet, in front of the TV, while driving or on family events, will make you win this game. As the most unusual places people have gambled includes exactly those locations mentioned above. The results for both genders have been approximately the same. Stating that 34% has gabled in front of the TV, 15% in the toilet, 11% on the family gathering, including weddings and funerals, and 8% while driving.

It seems like a gambler is a gambler no matter where they only need a device and the internet.

Are You A Cheater?

With the loyalty towards the providers and website they most usually use for gambling, female users came out to be slightly more loyal, rather than men.

The results say that most women stay loyal to just one gambling website (over 35%), closely followed by women varying between two websites (31%). This order is reversed for men, with over 33% of men play on two sites, followed by 29% of players using just one site. Well, nothing surprising, men would always choose two over one.

It’s All About Money

In the end it is indeed interesting how much do male and female gamblers spend online daily, the survey showed that there is not that big difference on the weekly base, 51.8% of women spend between one and ten pounds a week, compared to just 35.9% of men, but in terms of spending a big amount of money once, males were riskier than women.

There have been some interesting differences and similarities discovered during the survey, though one thing both genders have in common is that they are both gamblers.


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