ONLINE GAMBLING 6
Onlinegambling is a form of betting where the punters are allowed by thebetting company to create online accounts through a website and placetheir bets on games through the internet. Punters are expected todeposit money in their accounts through their credit cards beforethey can be allowed to place bets. This form of online betting hasbeen on the rise in many countries, and Singapore has recentlyallowed Singapore Pools and the Singapore Turf Club to run onlinebetting platforms (Abdullah, 2016). Notably, numerous people areopposed to this practice as there are to those who are in support ofit. Research has indicated that online betting has some advantagesand disadvantages as well. The decision to allow online betting byGovernment of Singapore attracted widespread criticism especiallyfrom the religious leaders who consider betting to be unethical andimmoral.
Thesis:While the government of Singapore aimed at reducing the emergenceof illegal online betting websites, it is evident that it forgot tolook at other effects of online gambling such as addiction, whichcould be enough reasons to stop this practice.
Varioussocial concerns are associated with online gambling. Firstly,considering that online gambling can hardly be regulated, thepossibility of young people getting addicted is extremely high. Thisis a form of betting that allows the punters to engage in thepractice at the comfort of their homes. Notably, online betting caneven be done through the mobile phones, and the risk of addiction isextremely high (Huiwen, 2016). Further, the online betting platformsdo not allow for betting on credit. As such, there are concerns overthe possibility of young people borrowing money to place bets. Infact, the youngsters who are addicted to gambling can easily engagein anti-social behaviors such as stealing in order to place bets. Inthis regard, it is evident that online gambling can easily lead tosocial evils.
Thedecision by the government to allow the two clubs to open onlinegambling platforms is against the Christian moral and ethicalteachings. The National Council of Churches Singapore has beenagainst this practice since it promotes immoral behaviors (Hörnle &Zammit, 2012). The nature of online gambling is that lures thevulnerable and young people who are desperate to make quick fortunes.Further, the engagement in practice can easily lead to otherunethical and immoral behaviors such theft and entering into debts.It is essential to note that there are recreational gamblers who arelikely to place bets recklessly. There is the likelihood thatunregulated online gambling will lead to bankruptcy amongst someplayers since the urge to gamble is usually irresistible.
Anotherissue that is of concern is the amount of money that the players arelikely to incur while placing the bets. It is evident that thedeposit of money in the online accounts is charged some fees. This isthe same case while withdrawing any money that a gambler has won.While such costs may seem little, it is important to note that theamount can be huge in the long run (Brooks, 2015). This means thatthe lottery companies will eventually benefit from the fees that theycharge the people. This problem is coupled with the presence of fakewebsites that resemble the actual betting online platforms (King &Barak, 2014). There have been instances where many punters have beenscammed through such fake and illegal websites. This is also anindication that online betting is not safe and people might end upsending their personal information and documents to scammers who caneasily use them for the wrong and illegal purposes.
Thegovernment of Singapore offered flippant reasons as to why it had toallow the two lottery firms to engage online gambling. According tothe government, failure to allow online gambling would lead to thesprouting of many illegal websites where people would still placebets. This is a contradictory statement considering the fact that thesame government argues how it is going to regulate the legalizedonline gambling including setting limits on the amounts and number oftimes a person can bet (Abdullah, 2016). The government of Singaporehas also asserted that other states such as China have also allowedonline gambling and it has not led to any social evils. It isessential to state that the reasons given by the government areinsufficient and the decision to allow online gambling for thelottery firms was in bad faith.
Thereare various arguments against online gambling and the decision by thegovernment to allow this practice by the two lottery companies.Firstly, the government was going against its own Remote Gambling Actthat had banned all forms of online gambling just a year prior tothis decision. The government also ignored the fact that addictionamongst the youth is rife, and online gambling would exacerbate thisproblem (Gainsbury, 2012). Considering the fact that online gamblingis convenient and can be done with the phone, tablet or the computercreates room for abuse and addiction (Huiwen, 2016). The possibilityof debts is also extremely high as people are trying to place bets.This would easily lead people to theft and other social evils. It isimportant to note that the government has admitted illegal websiteswould still be operational if online betting was not allowed. Thereis no doubt that these unlawful and fake websites would still beoperational and many people would be scammed. Many people wouldbecome addicted and bankrupt as a result of online gambling.
Thereis no doubt that the reasons and arguments against online gamblingare many and strong. The government of Singapore ought not to haveallowed online gambling for the two lottery companies (The StraitsTimes, 2016). There are social, economic, and ethical issues that areassociated with online gambling. It is also important to note thatonline gambling can be hard to control and the emergence of illegalscamming websites would be a huge concern. The government does nothave sufficient or any strong arguments that informed its decision toallow online betting.
Whileconcluding, it is evident that online betting is more harmful than itis beneficial to the society. The chances of addiction amongst theyouth are high, and this could lead to other social issues such asborrowing money or stealing for the purposes of betting. Young peoplewho engage in the practice find it extremely hard to quit, and theycan go to any extent to get money that they can use to place bets.The lottery companies are the ones that are likely to benefitimmensely from the fees they collect when punters are depositing orwithdrawing money in their accounts. It is inaccurate to compare theabilities of other governments such as China to regulate the practiceof online betting. Many individuals practice betting as a past timeactivity and these are expected to be severely affected by onlinegambling.
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