Bingo as a pastime is increasing in popularity with both young and old and the advancing numbers of online Bingo sites mean that many people who previously would not have had the opportunity or the interest to participate in this game are able to take full advantage of what can be an extremely beneficial leisure activity. The rules are simple and the game is relatively easy to master but the psychological and physical benefits are immense.
Bingo is proven to create improvements to brain functions such as hand to eye co-ordination, memory and analytical functions as well as arithmetic, word and number recognition. These significant improvements have been shown to occur in those who are of advancing years and in many instances have restored functions which have fallen behind due to lack of use – something which happens frequently when elderly become isolated or withdrawn from society.
There are many reasons that people enjoy playing Bingo, of course there is the opportunity to win money – and these winnings can be substantial. There are more opportunities now than ever to play Bingo online which means that the competition is fierce. With fierce competition comes the opportunity to reap greater rewards with online Bingo sites tempting you with anything from small sums of money up to luxury homes and holidays.
Research has shown that there are psychological benefits to playing Bingo apart from the more obvious opportunity of winning money. Bingo provides a social arena which brings people together with a common interest or passion and those people who play online Bingo have even greater opportunities since their social network spans nations as well as continents. Chat rooms are available with online Bingo sites and there is software on all sites that can take care of ‘daubing’ (i.e. automatically marking numbers on cards) whilst participants are communicating with new and old friends in chat rooms. This is quite a marked contrast to traditional Bingo halls, where it is generally accepted that there should be ‘hush’ while games are played. The chat rooms, which are always moderated can open doors to many people who are housebound or socially isolated because of physical or psychological reason such as depression, agoraphobia or poor mobility.