We’re in the midst of a “pay-to-play” scandal involving NFL players, which has already seen the likes of Tom Brady, Michael Vick and Chris Johnson paid tens of thousands of dollars for sex acts.
But what about the rest of us?
Is porn a form of gambling, or a form that can be profitably exploited?
That question has been debated over the years, but a new study, released Tuesday, may finally answer that question.
The study conducted by the American Psychological Association (APA) found that players who were paid for sex with other people have been found to be less likely to report gambling problems in their lifetime.
Researchers at the APA analyzed data from more than 6,500 participants between the ages of 21 and 75 who participated in a national longitudinal study, which began in 2004 and continues to this day.
They then tracked the players’ behavior in terms of gambling problems over the next two decades.
The findings were published in the journal Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
The researchers found that participants who were given sex were more likely to have gambling problems than participants who received a pay-to the-play offer, but they also found that there was no link between these behaviors and a gambling problem.
Rather, the study found that the risk for gambling problems was linked to the amount of money paid.
This is not to say that paying players for sex is a bad thing.
The research suggests that it may be possible to mitigate these risks by using pay-the-play offers to improve players’ performance on a game-day basis.
This study is the first to examine the impact of pay- the-porn offers on gambling problems, and its results suggest that paying athletes for sex may have less of a negative impact than it previously assumed.
“We wanted to determine if there was any association between the amount and frequency of pay to the porn site and gambling problems,” lead author Kristina A. Trombetta, PhD, PhD and senior researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Vienna, told CBS News.
“If there is a link between paying athletes and a higher incidence of gambling problem, then it may provide an opportunity to reduce the gambling risk associated with pay- to- the porn offer.”
The researchers also found the link between pay-for- theporn and gambling was strongest among players who had the most gambling problems at the beginning of the study, when they were least likely to be paid for the acts they performed.
“This is very important,” said Trombsetta.
“There are a lot of studies that have shown that when you have more gambling problems the risk of gambling goes up, but this is the strongest link between gambling and pay- for- the porn that we’ve ever found.”
This is the second study to examine pay- pornography offers in the context of gambling.
In a 2009 study, researchers found pay-pong was associated with higher rates of gambling and higher odds of developing gambling problems.
The latest study suggests that pay- porn offers may be beneficial in mitigating the risks of gambling in the future.
The APA, in a statement, says it is “committed to developing evidence-based solutions that improve people’s lives through the prevention of problems and the treatment of problems, with the goal of reducing health care costs and improving the quality of life for all Americans.”
In addition to helping to protect athletes and their families from gambling, this study also suggests that the benefits of pay for porn may not necessarily extend to the broader population.
“These results indicate that the association between pay to porn and gambling risk does not extend to individuals of any socioeconomic status, regardless of their propensity for gambling or the frequency of gambling,” the APTAs report concludes.
The report comes as the NFL is trying to find a solution to a problem that has plagued the league for years: players who have become addicted to pay- per-pantys, which is often used to help players get a shot at winning a Super Bowl.
This problem is becoming a growing concern in the league, as some players have been seen at game-time with a massive number of dollars in their pocket, in addition to paying for sex.
In the past year alone, two players, Aaron Hernandez and Josh Gordon, were convicted of using pay to sex to win a Superbowl.
“It is important that we do not take the NFL lightly on this issue, and the NFL and its teams take this matter very seriously,” said NFL spokesperson John Harbaugh.
“The NFL has a longstanding culture of integrity and responsibility, and we are committed to working with our players to find ways to address the issue.”