New Delhi: Children and adults have fallen victim to internet gambling and betting in the wake of the pandemic. Despite the fact that the two terms (online gambling and online betting) are used in different ways, the level of addiction is very comparable. Many adults who have lost their jobs are sensitive to online betting. Due to these situations, both adults and children had poor results.
“Online games or video games have great characters, where you have a target or teams to play. However, many online games such as cricket create a real world or real world replica and depending on the real world game people lose or win money, otherwise known as a ‘bet’, because you have to guess the gambling. It is something similar to offline betting. On these platforms, people put money on the line in the hope of getting a better return. Dr Yatan Balhara, Additional Professor of Psychiatry, AIIMS, New Delhi, said.
Although India is the world’s fourth largest online gaming market, the industry needs a stable regulatory and legal environment to enable it to grow rapidly and reach its full potential. Determining whether a game is a “game of skill” or a “game of chance” has far-reaching legal implications for commercial enterprises. A game of chance gets a higher GST rate. Online games are either based on the “rake fee” model, in which the gaming platform charges rake fees to facilitate the games, or on the “freemium” model, in which the game is free to play but it is expensive. Additional features may require users to pay a sum of money cost. Therefore, fair application of the goods and services tax is essential to the survival of the industry.
Online gambling is a matter of state, which is why many Indian states have permitted or prohibited online gambling, which includes any act of risking money or otherwise on the unknown outcome of an event. , including a skill game. States like Assam, Sikkim, Nagaland, Odisha, Telangana, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh have banned online gambling. In 2020, due to complaints of suicides and addictions, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh passed an ordinance banning the use of money or wagers in online games.
“The laws, related to online betting, prohibit individuals within that jurisdiction, but what about people playing it on the platform which is not registered in the state?” State-specific rules and laws are not exhaustive, although they indicate the right rules and guidelines. All states must unite for an effective solution, ”said Dr Balhara.
Online gambling addiction can be measured by its level, which is detrimental to both mental and physical health. While online gambling may seem fun, interesting, and beneficial for social skills, over-participation leads to serious behavior problems, which can lead to harmful or suicidal attempts.
Speaking of the drastic results of online games among children, Dr Samanta Puspak Kumar Jena, professor of applied psychology at the University of Delhi, said in this article: “Internet games are a source of stimulation for children. However, when the successive amount of online gaming leads to addiction, affecting the mental and physical health of children, this must be taken into account. In such cases, the addiction should be treated by clinical psychologists and mental health professionals.
Some clinical psychologists believe parents need to be educated about the impacts of online gaming.