It's in our DNA to take a risk. Every day, whether it's gambling on a slot machine or riding a skateboard, we engage in activities that have both a risk and a reward.
The surge of dopamine motivates us to take these risks. The same pleasurable reward pathways in our brains are activated by this feel-good hormone as when we eat our favorite cuisine or have sex.
When risk-taking leads to entrepreneurship, innovation, and increased creativity, it can help the human race evolve. However, issues might develop when a greater drive to take risks leads to harm.
This includes problem gambling, which affects as much as 1% of the population, according to estimates.