Sports betting is not a waste of money if you define your goals before making your first wager.
While you are up against the odds in sports betting, you can still find enjoyment from it even if you lose money. From professional bettors to those making their first wager, sports betting can be considered a good way to spend money.
Of course, it's much different for professional bettors, who may bet on sports for a living and rely on the income to make a living. But if that's your job, it's clearly not a waste of money.
If you're a casual bettor and seem to lose more often than win, you can look at sports betting as another way to enjoy sports. You spend money to watch sports in person and while sports betting isn't the same, it's a different method to enjoy an event. If you go to a sportsbook with friends to watch games and place a few bets, you may not win money, but the time will be well spent, similar to spending money on other events.
If you don't care about the social aspect and simply want to win, there are ways to become a successful bettor, but it will take time. There's a reason sports betting isn't a more popular career path because it's unpredictable, time consuming and the profits are often unreliable. Sometimes, betting on sports should only be used as a hobby to enhance sports watching or enjoy time spent with friends a little more.
If you're a casual bettor and find no joy in betting on sports, it may be best to stop wagering if possible. If it's become an issue, there are numerous resources that can help across the country. There are online guides, readily available access to addiction centers and a National Problem Gambling Helpline.