Does age affect how we chose to have a flutter? Yes, claims report

  • Middle age groups show highest gambling participation
  • Online more popular with younger adults

A new report produced on behalf of the UK regulator the Gambling Commission (UKGC) has revealed how habits of players in the UK change with age.

Does what we like to have a flutter on change with age? Yes, according to a UK study. Pictures: ThinkStock.
Does what we like to have a flutter on change with age? Yes, according to a UK study. Pictures: ThinkStock.

The UKGC published the report which amassed data from a range of recent surveys carried out in England, Scotland and Wales, and the findings provide some interesting insights into the way that different age groups participate in gambling.

The surveys were carried out in 2015.

The report found that for both women and men, overall participation was highest among middle age groups but declines for the youngest and oldest age brackets.

Of adults aged between 25 and 64, between 65% and 67% had had a flutter in the previous twelve months, which compares with 54% of 16 to 24 year olds and 53% of over-75s.

Online gambling

The popularity of individual gambling activities also varied with age. The National Lottery was played by between 46% and 55% of adults aged 25 to 64, but only 23% of adults aged 16 to 24 took part in lottery draws.

By contrast, scratchcards were most popular with the youngest section of the population.

Scratchcards were played by 35% of adults aged 16 to 34 but this participation rate declined to 9% of those aged 75 and over.

Younger adults were also more likely to take part in other activities such as offline betting on horse racing, playing fixed odds betting terminals in bookmakers and betting on sports events.

Online was also favoured more by younger adults.

Online gambling participation was 14% among adults aged 16 to 24 and 19% among adults aged 25 to 34, while among adults aged 65 and over, it was between one and three per cent.

The report also found that among women of all age groups, the participation rate was less than that of men.

The report was put together by NatCen and detailed a huge range of gambling behaviours by the UK public.

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