Even if you do not consider yourself a gambler, we all gamble in different ways. You don’t have to sit down at the high stakes table in order to place a bet that could end up being incredibly costly. As it turns out, all you have to do is sit down at your computer.
In this blog, we will take a look at some ways that you are gambling with your life, love, career, and sanity without even realizing. That is not to say that you should never gamble, but rather that you should be cognizant as to whether or not the rewards outweigh the risks.
1. Saving Passwords Into Chrome
Chrome, the overwhelmingly popular internet browser from Google, is popular for a reason: it’s impressive. It’s fast, gives you the most screen real estate, and has a bunch of rather innovative features and plugins that make life extremely easy—including remembering passwords.
Maybe a little bit too easy. There is a potential dark side you should be aware of because every time you save a password into Chrome you are taking a monumental risk. Did you know that someone can very easily see all of your chrome passwords? It doesn’t require any hacking. In fact, all it requires is a two-minute search. No, we’re not joking.
Better think twice about saving any password that would allow one to access your bankroll. You don’t want to come home to your computer to find that you’ve suffered a “bad break”…into your account.
2. ChatRoulette-like Services
So it’s Tuesday Night, you are halfway through that 12-pack of beer. You don’t really want to go to out to the bar, but you do feel like talking to a random stranger.
Enter ChatRoulette, the service that matches you with a random person (optionally, someone who lives in your general geological vicinity). And many times this is someone who is in a similar state of mind. The resulting experience is what the service is all about. Spontaneous interaction between strangers.
Like actual roulette, this is fundamentally just a colossal spin of the wheel. Unlike roulette, where the worst case scenario is typically seeing the ball land on the ‘double zero’ slot, the worst case scenario in Chatroulette is much worse—like seeing the unmentionables of some “double zero” type of individual plastered across the screen. Or any number of other things. Like gambling for cash, if you are going to play the game, just be sure to understand the risks, and never gamble with sexual sanity if your personal supply is running low. Know your limits. Play within them.
3. Tinder-like Services
Unlike the above, services like Tinder provide the opportunity for a little bit of recreational fun, in-person, wherein you can meet up with a random stranger pretty much any time or place.
The main argument for something like Tinder is the simple fact that many times regardless of how you meet someone, they are still a “stranger” to a certain extent. Might as well do it online if the option is a loud, drunken bar where you talk to someone for all of a couple minutes before potentially leaving. However, it’s essential to keep in mind that services like Tinder present no real barrier to entry, whereas real life social events can require things like shirts, shoes, shaves, and showers.
It’s one thing to go home with someone you met at a club only to find that their place is really small, or dirty. It is another thing to meet someone on Tinder, only to find out that they live in a van in a MacDonald’s parking lot, and are looking to get it on before “the morning crowd starts to show up.”
4. Buying Medicine and Supplements
Have you ever heard of the international committee that checks supplements to ensure that you are not getting ripped off? No? That’s because there isn’t any such committee. When it comes to the internet as a whole, but especially with regards to e-commerce checks and balances, it’s still the Wild West out there. You’re on your own for the most part.
It doesn’t actually matter if you are buying “breakthrough” nootropics from some European “pharmacy,” a bottle of “Russian strength” Viagra from a website called дороговизну, or some “legal” herbs from the country whose name you have never heard of before, the risks are plenty and obvious simply from a law standpoint, and that is putting aside the fact that virtually anything could be hiding in that nondescript container. Yeah, the film canister and that bag of vacuum-sealed sawdust.
5. Subscribing to Pornstars on Twitter/Instagram
Listen, we get it.
By following a pornographic star on a media-rich social platform, you are hoping to catch a glimpse of some sideboob action, or even something a little bit more revealing perhaps. Maybe some snapshots posted in front of the mirror during moments of insecurity…or confidence.
Here’s the problem with that plan, genius: these people make the elicit material you are waiting around to see, do so specifically so that you don’t have to wait around. Why roll the dice that your wife will find that one pleasant young lady named “Hard Kandy” on your Instagram if you can avoid it? Just open up Pornhub in a private browser like the rest of us and call it a day.