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Advantages & Disadvantages Of Online Gambling

Advantages & Disadvantages Of Online Gambling

ONLINE GAMBLING

Online gambling (or “gaming” as some people like to call it) and gambling in person seem very similar, but the two are actually very different. In fact, according to a report, lots of physical casino owners are doing everything possible to ban online gambling because of the fierce competition it has brought into the gaming industry.

However, for people who love gambling, the convenience and ease of online gambling cannot be over emphasised, as this is the reason online gambling has probably come to stay for good. Politics and sentiments aside, just as there are advantages in online gambling, so there are also disadvantages.

To keep you better informed,[1] here are some advantages and disadvantages you should be aware of.

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Advantages of Online Gambling

1. They are easily accessible

Have you ever been in a casino and someone is practicaly breathing down your neck hoping you stop playing, so they can sit at your machine? Well, with online casinos, all you have to do is visit the website, choose a username/password and sit down. Even if hundreds of other players sit to play blackjack, you too can enjo your game without inteferences!

2. They are convenient

Local casino too far? Bad weather? Other inconvieiences? What if you just bet on a few dollars and don’t have to think if the trip is worth the gas? The convenience of an online casino is one of the most important benefits of online gaming. You not only save a lot of money on transportation. Also, you will not have to pay more for dinner and parking.

3. Great bonuses to welcome you

When you deposit money in an online casino, there is usually a welcome bonus that comes with such deposits. Usually there are no such bonuses at physical casinos. Also, as you play some online games, you earn more points, or more bonus money and increase your cashout account.

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4. You have a better chance

With fewer employees, no bills to pay, zero property tax and hundreds of other costs, online casinos are able to maintain their structure much more than your local casino because it is much easier to balance on a monthly basis.

5. You can play for less

If you want to play blackjack at a local casino, expect to pay not less than $10 per hand because this is the minimum amount allowed in most casinos. The same applies to most of the games in the casino – roulette, baccarat, poker, etc. However, in an online casino, you can play your favourite table games for as little as $0.10 per hand.

6. Large selection of games

Casinos offer a variety of games, but cannot compare with the options offered by online casinos. Better yet, you do not have to go to the casino to see what is available.

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7. They are More Private

Unless you are a top player, regular customers cannot request to play at a private table in the VIP part of the casino. When you play at an online casino, the only person that sees you play is the person sitting next to you on your computer or mobile device.

8. Security

With an online casino, customers don’t have to worry about carrying large sums of money in their pockets through a dark parking garage outside the casino at 3:00 am.

Disadvantages of Online Gambling

1. Charges

There are usually some charges attached to depositing and withdrawing money from online casinos.

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2. Technical questions

You’re dealing with the Internet, after all. Although technical errors rarely occur, it can still happen. In most cases, it is issues of machine failure, difficulty in connecting via issues with your network provider, or a poor router—all can be contributing factors.

3. Payment delay

It is not always possible to withdraw your winnings immediately. You might have to wait a week or two before you can get the money into your personal bank account.

4. Verification of documents

Due to the anonymous nature of online gambling, most (if not all) online casinos require clients to verify their identity before withdrawing. Documents for verification are used only to ensure that you are really who you claim to be, and that you’re of legal age.

5. Security

Something to be wary of, security! If you plan to play in an online casino, then you should be careful and pay special attention to all the news surrounding the online casino you choose. It wouldnt hurt to do your research before choosing an online casino before you play.

Featured photo credit: Michal Parzuchowski via unsplash.com

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Science Says Screaming Is Good For You

Science Says Screaming Is Good For You

There are many reasons why people might scream – they’re angry, scared, or in pain (or maybe they’re in a metal band!). Some might say that screaming is bad, but here’s why science says it’s good for you.

“For the first time in the history of psychology there is a way to access feelings, hidden away, in a safe way and thus to reduce human suffering. It is, in essence, the first science of psychotherapy.” — Dr. Arthur Janov

Primal Therapy

Dr. Arthur Janov invented Primal Therapy in the late 1960’s. It is a practice that allows the patient to face their repressed emotions from past trauma head on and let those emotions go. This treatment is intended to cure any mental illness the patient may have that surfaced from this past trauma. In most cases, Primal Therapy has lead Dr. Janov’s patients to scream towards the end of their session, though it was not part of the original procedure. During a group therapy session that was at a standstill, Dr. Janov says that one of his patients, a student he called Danny, told a story that inspired him to implement a technique that he never would have thought of on his own.

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How it Started

“During a lull in our group therapy session, he told us a story about a man named Ortiz who was currently doing an act on the London stage in which he paraded around in diapers drinking bottles of milk. Throughout his number, Ortiz is shouting, ‘Mommy! Daddy! Mommy! Daddy!’ at the top of his lungs. At the end of his act he vomits. Plastic bags are passed out, and the audience is requested to follow suit.”

It doesn’t end there, though. Dr. Janov said that his patient was quite fascinated with that story, and that alone moved him to suggest something even he believed to be a little elementary.

“I asked him to call out, ‘Mommy! Daddy!’ Danny refused, saying that he couldn’t see the sense in such a childish act, and frankly, neither could I. But I persisted, and finally, he gave in. As he began, he became noticeably upset. Suddenly he was writhing on the floor in agony. His breathing was rapid, spasmodic. ‘Mommy! Daddy!’ came out of his mouth almost involuntarily in loud screeches. He appeared to be in a coma or hypnotic state. The writhing gave way to small convulsions, and finally, he released a piercing, deathlike scream that rattled the walls of my office. The entire episode lasted only a few minutes, and neither Danny nor I had any idea what had happened. All he could say afterward was: ‘I made it! I don’t know what, but I can feel.’”

Delving deeper

Dr. Janov says he was baffled for months, but then he decided to experiment with another patient with the same method, which lead to a similar result as before. The patient started out calling “Mommy! Daddy!” then experienced convulsions, heavy breathing, and then eventually screamed. After the session, Dr. Janov says his patient was transformed and became “virtually another human being. He became alert… he seemed to understand himself.”

Although the initial intention of this particular practice wasn’t to get the patient to scream, more than once did his Primal Therapy sessions end with the patient screaming and feeling lighter, revived, and relieved of stresses that were holding them down in life.

Some Methods To Practice Screaming

If you want to try it out for yourself, keep reading!

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  • Step 1: Be Alone — Be alone. If you live in a place that you can’t be alone, it might be a good idea to talk to your family or roommates and explain to them what you’re about to do and make sure they’re okay with it. If you’re good to go, move on to step 2.
  • Step 2: Lie Down — Lie down on a yoga mat on your back and place a pillow underneath your head. If you don’t own a yoga mat, you can use a rug or even a soft blanket.
  • Step 3: Think — Think of things that have hurt you or made you angry. It can be anything from your childhood or even something that happened recently to make yourself cry, if you’re not already crying or upset. You could even scream “Mommy! Daddy!” just like Dr. Janov’s patients did to get yourself started.
  • Step 4: Scream — Don’t hold anything back; cry and scream as loud as you can. You can also pound your fists on the ground, or just lie there and scream at the top of your lungs.

After this, you should return your breathing to a normal and steady pace. You should feel lighter, like a weight has been lifted off of you. If not, you can also try these other methods.

Scream Sing

Scream singing” is referring to what a lot of lead singers in metal or screamo bands will do. I’ve tried it and although I wasn’t very good at it, it was fun and definitely relieved me of any stress I was feeling from before. It usually ends up sounding like a really loud grunt, but nonetheless, it’s considered screaming.

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  • Step 1 — Bear down and make a grunting sound.
  • Step 2 — Hiss like a snake and make sure to do this from your diaphragm (your stomach) for as long as you can.
  • Step 3 — Breathe and push your stomach out for more air when you are belting notes, kind of like you would if you were singing.
  • Step 4 — Try different ways to let out air to control how long the note will last, just make sure not to let out too much air.
  • Step 5 — Distort your voice by pushing air out from your throat, just be careful not to strain yourself.
  • Step 6 — Play around with the pitch of your screams and how wide your mouth is open – the wider your mouth is open, the higher the screams will sound. The narrower or rounder your mouth is (and most likely shaped like an “o”), the lower the screams will sound.
  • Step 7 — Start screaming to metal music. If you’re not a huge metal fan, it’s okay. You don’t have to use this method if you don’t want to.

If you want a more thorough walkthrough of how to scream sing, here’s a good video tutorial. If this method is too strenuous on your vocal chords, stop. Also, make sure to stay hydrated when scream singing and drink lots of water.

Scream into a pillow

Grab a pillow and scream into it. This method is probably the fastest and easiest way to practice screaming. Just make sure to come up for air.

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Always remember to make sure that you’re not going to disturb anyone while practicing any of these methods of screaming. And with that, happy screaming!

Featured photo credit: Sharon Mollerus via flickr.com

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