Today’s college students have to confront many temptations that I never had to worry about back when dinosaurs roamed the earth. I never had to deal with Internet porn, designer drugs, or for that matter, any semblance of social life.
The latest concern is how much time and money kids are spending on online poker. The NYT is running a story about the problem, and about a Lehigh University sophomore who robbed a bank to pay back his gambling debts. He had lost over $7,500 playing online poker in a little over a year.
And he’s not alone – online poker has become one of the most popular pastimes at American colleges. A lot of kids even play on their laptops during lectures, thanks to high speed internet access and wireless networks.
An estimated 1.6 million of 17 million U.S. college students gambled online last year, mostly on poker. According to a study by the Annenberg Public Policy Center, the number of college males who reported gambling online once a week or more quadrupled in the last year alone.