Thread inspired by seeing this article which I found repulsive
Wasn’t sure whether to put here or in SSP, but as it’s potentially a ‘debate’ topic this is probably the better place?
I developed a pretty strong anti-gambling stance working as a debt advisor, which has over time become a very strong, but admittedly not very well informed, stance. I know the industry itself is to blame, but I also find it hard not to judge people who boast about winnings as, sure, they might be fine, but they’re making the money at the expense of people with addictions, people who are in desperate circumstances, and people who are vulnerable to suggestion. I think there’s often an attitude of ‘I’m smart enough to not be played by the industry, if you’re not then that’s your problem’ including from people who are normally more socially minded than that.
I don’t understand gambling as a leisure activity though, which means I’m always going to see the bad stuff outweighing any enjoyment it may bring to some. But where is the line? National Lottery? Copper slots at seaside? Is insurance gambling? So I guess it’s not entirely black and white.
I’d be really interested to hear any general views or personal experiences relating to the gambling industry (whether a specific part of it or in general).
Please be respectful of any personal experiences etc shared