The Allure of Slots


A thin opening or groove in something, often used to pass things through. You can use the mail slot at the post office to send letters and postcards.

Although the majority of gamblers experience gambling as harmless entertainment, a small percentage develop severe gambling-related problems (Blaszczynski, Sharpe, Walker, Shannon, and Coughlan, 2005). Such problems can include mounting financial debt, relationship difficulties, loss of employment, and involvement in criminal activities to support their gambling behavior. One such problematic aspect of gambling is the allure of slot machines. While many mental health experts have argued that slot machines are psychologically deceptive and a major contributor to gambling addiction, advocates of the industry insist that these machines are designed simply to entertain and do not manipulate players. However, research indicates that the allure of slots is not just about money or winning; it’s also about attention-capturing lights and sounds.