People who have problems with gambling and online gambling, who have turned what can be a pastime into an addiction, are also more likely to be unable to disengage from investing cryptocurrencies.
This is indicated by a study by Rutgers University, in the state of New Jersey (United States) that relates regularly betting on the possibility of generating an addiction to virtual currencies. According to the report, more than 50% who made online bets during 2018 ended up also investing in cryptocurrencies.
“The addicts to cryptocurrencies come to neglect their jobs or relationships with family and friends.”
According to the report, the motivation that leads users to bet on the Internet and what leads them to invest in virtual currencies is usually similar: impulsivity and the belief that they can improve their economic situation, which is generally not healthy, marked by debts.
Some people consider investing in cryptocurrencies as a way to bet. In fact, there are several centers that deal with gambling that have developed specific units to serve people with problems generated by addiction to virtual currencies.
What are the symptoms of a person with an addiction to cryptocurrencies? Basically, some very similar to those who have addicts to the game. The following could be pointed out:
- Anxiety and depression.
- Debts and financial problems.
- Investing too much time checking the activity and changes in the prices of the coins … to the point of abandoning other activities: work, study or spend time with friends and family.
- Lying or not recognizing that investments are being made in cryptocurrencies.
- Changes of humor, feeling of loneliness and depression.