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What you need to know for 01/16/2017

Gambling too readily available through social media

Gambling too readily available through social media

*Gambling too readily available through social media

Gambling too readily available through social media

Throughout New York state, problem gambling affects people of all ages, genders, occupations and backgrounds. Nowadays, we are all connected to social media in one way or another, making it almost impossible to live without Facebook, or Twitter, Pinterest, or even Instagram.

Add to that the popular online app company Zynga, which is getting ready to launch a real money online gambling app for already-media-addicted Facebook users. This will be available online as well as on your mobile device, making gambling easier than it was before. Zynga has downplayed the financial opportunity and says it is just in the beginning stages of its experiment.

Even though online gambling is far more regulated than casino gambling and you can play for real prizes and money, it’s still a way to separate you from your money, making the company more wealthy.

But help is available to keep problem gambling from affecting your personal relationships, your financial well being and your vocational pursuits. Seek support for you and your loved ones.

Find Help For Gambling Problems at the HOPEline, 1-877-8-hopeny or 1-877-846-7369.

Denise Benton

Johnstown

The writer is director of youth services director at Catholic Charities of Fulton and Montgomery counties.

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