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Limit your time, gamble responsibly: setting a time limit (via pop-up message) on an electronic gamingmachine reduces time on device

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Kim, HS, Wohl, MJA, Stewart, MJ, Sztainert, T & Gainsbury, SM 2014, 'Limit your time, gamble responsibly: setting a time limit (via pop-up message) on an electronic gaming machine reduces time on device', International Gambling Studies, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 266-278.

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Abstract

In the current study, we assessed whether undergraduate electronic gaming machine (EGM) gamblers would be more apt to set a time limit and spend less time gambling when asked to consider setting an explicit time limit prior to their gambling session. To this end, participants (N ¼ 43) were randomly assigned to a time limit pop-up condition or control condition, both of which involved gambling on an EGM in a virtual reality (VR) casino. In the time limit pop-up condition, participants were asked (via pop-up message) to consider setting a time limit on play and entering that limit in an available text box prior to commencing play. In the no time limit pop-up condition, participants engaged in play immediately upon accessing the EGM in the VR casino (i. e. they were not exposed to a time limit pop-up message). As predicted, participants who were explicitly asked to consider setting a time limit on their EGM play were significantly more likely to do so and spent less time gambling than those who were not given such instructions. The results provide preliminary support for the contention that setting a time limit on EGM play is an effective responsible gambling strategy.

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