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Take a Gamble

Students should learn the benefits of gambling and take more risks
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Olivia Chen

Gambling comes with many risks, but it also comes with the chance to win many rewards. Similarly, investing a large sum of money or buying a lottery ticket is gambling since they all require taking risks. In reality, gambling is basically anything that relates to taking risks. Gambling is a form of art that every person should adopt, regardless of age and class. There are many types of gambling, including investing in the stock market, day trading, sports betting, etc. When one hears the word “gambling,” they immediately think of the risks and consequences, but never the many benefits that come with it.

It’s vital to take risks as early as possible. Risk-taking during teenage years is beneficial because it teaches failure and enables one to be capable of growth since they will have more chances to build back up. When someone young takes risks they don’t lose as much as risk-taking at an older age since money isn’t that big of a need as a child.

Becoming a risk-taker is a valuable skill that everyone should aim to develop. Taking risks can open many doors to opportunities. If someone invests a lot in a stock, they are taking a risk since they could possibly lose all of their money. If someone bets on a sports team and they end up winning the finals, the person has made a lot of profit. If young people lose all their money, they’ll still have time to rebuild. If older people lose their money, lots of consequences will arise. Gambling during youth also teaches the principles of spending money responsibly and gives more room to experiment.

A lot of psychology plays a part in why people gamble. Taking risks like gambling is an addiction many people have. They fall into the trap of gambler’s fallacy and the adrenaline rush that comes with each move, knowing they can win big. Another psychological factor that feeds into people’s addiction is the button. When playing a slot machine, there is a big red button, which gives people the illusion that they have more control over their money and what happens to it, which is similar to investing since they can see and control when to buy and sell. Taking risks activates the brain’s reward system, releasing dopamine, a chemical inside the body that gives satisfaction.

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Ishaan Pandey, Staff
Sophomore Ishaan Pandey is a first-year staff member on Panorama. He enjoys challenging himself and trying new things. Ishaan spends his time in many various things like participating in many extracurriculars, playing Water Polo and exercising.
Olivia Chen, Art Editor in Chief
Senior Olivia Chen is the Art Editor in Chief and it is her third year on Panorama. She loves music and movies.

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