Netherlands Tops European Countries Searching for Gambling Related Terms, UK Sixth

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Last Updated 4th Jul 2024, 04:27 PM

Netherlands Tops European Countries Searching for Gambling Related Terms, UK Sixth

Recent data has revealed that the Netherlands has the highest number of searches for gambling-related terms in Europe, with an average of 1,045 monthly searches per 100,000 people. 

Bailiwick of Jersey followed closely behind with 915 searches per month per 100,000 people. The most searched-for term was "online slots," with 173 monthly searches. 

Malta was third, with 825 monthly searches per 100,000 people. The UK was sixth with 669.  


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Google Trends data has emerged as a valuable tool for monitoring population-level gambling behaviour, providing insights into search trends.  

By analysing Google's vast repository of search data, researchers can identify patterns and trends that can inform policy decisions, marketing strategies, and public health initiatives. 

Google's search engine uses a three-stage process: crawling, indexing, and serving search results. Crawlers discover new and updated pages on the internet, while indexing analyses the content to understand what each page is about. 

When a user searches on Google, the search engine returns relevant results based on various factors, including location, language, device, and query. 

Google Trends Data a Valuable Tool for Monitoring Population-Level Gambling Behaviour 

A study published in AKJournals analysed Google Trends data to examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on gambling-related searches in the United Kingdom. The study found that during the first lockdown in March 2020, there were significant increases in internet searches for poker, slots, and bingo. 

In contrast, searches for sports betting and operator-based searches decreased. The study also found that search trends were related to gambling commission data for sports betting and poker but not for slots.  

The study's key findings were that during the first lockdown in March 2020, there were significant increases in internet searches for poker, slots, and bingo.   

The study suggests that the COVID-19 pandemic may have led to a substitution effect, where people switched from offline to online gambling due to the closure of land-based gambling venues. The study also highlights the potential of Google Trends data as a valuable tool for monitoring population-level gambling behaviour. 

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Most of my career was spent in teaching including at one of the UK’s top private schools. I left London in 2000 and set up home in Wales raising four beautiful children. I enrolled at University where I studied Photography and film and gained a Degree and subsequently a Masters Degree. In 2014 I helped launch a new local newspaper and managed to get front and back page as well as 6 filler pages on a weekly basis. I saw that journalism was changing and was a pioneer of hyperlocal news in Wales. In 2017 I started one of the first 24/7 free independent news sites for Wales. Having taken that to a successful business model I was keen for a new challenge. Joining the company is exciting for me especially as it is a new role in Europe. I am keen to establish myself and help others to do the same.

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