10/20/2010 11:40 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

More College Males Gamble Online

Nearly 16 percent of college-aged men use online gambling sites, an increase of almost 12 percent in two years, the National Annenberg Survey of Youth reports.

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Projected on a national basis, the survey findings suggest that more than 400,000 college-aged males (18 to 22) go online to gamble at least once a week and more than 1.7 million do so at least once a month. About 530,000 high school-aged males go online to gamble once a month, the researchers calculated.

"The dramatic increase in use of online gambling by college-aged male youth indicates that payment restrictions on such sites are no longer a barrier to young people," ACI director Dan Romer said in an institute news release.

The survey also revealed that more high school females gamble online than in 2008 -- the group saw its use of sites jump from half a percent to 1.5 percent. According to, women have been a "driving force" behind the increased use of online poker sites in the U.S.

The results were gathered via telephone survey.

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