Mark Dolliver: Wanna Bet?

Care to make a wager on whether the vogue for gambling has abated among young men? Polling by the Annenberg Public Policy Center finds it has. Last year, 16 percent of men age 18-22 played cards for money at least once a week. The number fell to 4 percent this year. There has been a similar drop in the number who gamble via the Internet at least once a week, from 6 percent then to 2 percent now. The number of young men who gamble every week and exhibit any symptom of “problem gambling” also declined (from 20 percent to 6 percent). Gambling by young women fell just slightly, but wasn’t a bid deal in the first place.