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Challenging the Stereotype

22.11.2009

Unlike anywhere else in the world, the English tend to be the most practiced at poking fun at the masses. There is a stereotype for most leisure pursuits and pastimes and a stereotype for every area of the country, every job description, every accent…you name it.

However, the Bingo player stereotype couldn’t be the furthest from the truth. Indeed, in the UK, bingo is considered a pastime favoured by women, old women at that with nothing much more in their lives than a loyal group of equally redundant gossiping women. A stereotype strongly countered by the fact that in Spain, bingo is the domain of men and not women!

In any case, this is a long way from the truth, while the online bingo population is 85% women, 66% are actually between the ages of 35 – 54 years of age. That’s women with families, some of them quite young, women still employed and women with busy and active social lives. So what draws these women to bingo?

For women who have had a hard day at work, returned to house of screaming kids and maths homework and laundry chores and supper preparations (its amazing what we manage to get done isn’t it?)…and the rest…going out and meeting the girls isn’t an option we can readily jump on the way we did in our 20’s.

And yet online bingo (as you probably already know if you’re reading this article) allows you to chill back in your own home and NOT miss out on the social aspects of chat and laughter that online bingo promotes via its chat rooms.

Online bingo is a special little world where you can make genuine friendships and play a game. It’s far more lively and dynamic an activity than sitting in front of the TV watching re-runs.

We also read how real friendships (and even marriage) have sprung out of online bingo halls which are effectively social networking sites with the added dimension of winning prizes and more. And you can take more of the friendship feature and less of the game feature, or visa versa as you like.

Which ever you chose, companionship and laughter is the order of the day, both of which are the very best stress-busters going.

Lastly, it goes without saying that online bingo is actually good for our brain; it stimulates our hand-eye coordination and gives our concentration muscles – responsible for attentiveness and awareness a work-out.

The psychology department at the University of Southampton has conducted research into the benefits of online bingo and believes bingo players are faster, more efficient and precise than non-bingo players in trials that evaluate memory, mental agility and the ability to grasp and retain certain types of information.

So it’s plain to see, Bingo is more than a harebrained activity reserved for the elderly. It’s a game we can ALL benefit from.
  
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