Sir, in “Games prey on your mind” (March 12), Christopher Caldwell makes an attention-grabbing contention that electronic gaming machines are addictive. However, the facts simply do not bear out his claim.
First, there are hundreds of thousands more gaming machines in the U.S. today than there were 35 years ago. And yet, it is settled science that the prevalence rate of disordered gambling has remained virtually unchanged during that time. If gaming machines brought about an increase in the condition, surely the rate would have jumped substantially.