Hyoun S. (Andrew) Kim
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM
University of Calgary
Hyoun S. (Andrew) Kim is a PhD candidate in Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Calgary. His research focuses on social casino games, facilitating readiness to change, addiction substitution and trans-diagnostic processes of addictive and impulse control disorders. His research has been funded by the Alberta Gambling Research Institute, Gambling Research Exchange Ontario and the National Center for Responsible Gambling.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Social Casino Gambling
Social casino games (i.e., free-to-play online gambling-themed games) are now ubiquitous on socials network platforms like Facebook. Their popularity and similarity to gambling games has raised concern that, among other things, social casino games will normalize gambling behaviour, which may contribute to a rise in gambling rates as well as rate of disordered gambling (see Gainsbury, Hing, Delfabbro, & King, 2014; Kim, Wohl, Salmon, Gupta, & Derevensky, 2015). However, recent theory (King & Delfabbro, 2016) and research (Hollingshead, Kim, Wohl, & Derevensky, 2016) suggests social casino games may not be wholly bad for everyone who engages in these games. Specifically, social casino games may reduce the likelihood of migrating to gambling, as well as could potentially be used as a proxy for gambling among some disordered gamblers. This presentation will review theory and research that address the bad (migration to gambling) as well as the potentially good (harm reduction) of engaging in social casino games.