Bingo – Good for the Mind?Written by Online Bingo
When we think of bingo, genius and brainpower don’t always spring to mind; these attributes have tended to be reserved for poker and other games of skill and luck. The image of a grandparent sitting in a community hall with a cup of tea and a card of bingo does not lend itself to intrigue of psychology and mental agility. However, according to a study by University of Southampton’s Psychology Department, bingo may not be trivial pastime many would take it for. Researchers there insist that bingo keeps mind sharp and equate this as especially important to people as they get older.
The tests conducted revealed that bingo players were more accurate and faster in tests that measured memory, mental speed and their ability to absorb information from environment around them, than those who did not play game.
What seems to be key advantage to sustained playing of bingo is concept of time. There is no doubt that games such as chess, poker and backgammon all stretch mind and keep brain functioning. Whereas hand-eye coordination needed for bingo may not be as exhaustive as for other games, time constraint in which players must check their numbers is key to sustenance of mental agility.
The tests comprised of 112 people within age brackets of 18 to 40 and 60 to 82. Half of each set played bingo. The results concluded that all bingo players were more accurate and quicker than non-players. Interestingly, in certain tests, older players did better than younger players. More and more research is supporting theory that a regular partaking of activities that exercise mind is very beneficial to maintenance of optimum mental functioning as we get older.
Stay Young- Play Bingo!Written by Online Bingo
Exercise, intellectual stimulation, surgery, meditation or detox – you name it, we love it. Let’s face it, we live in a society obsessed with staying young. So, when you mention to someone that bingo may well be a key to youth, image of pensioners playing in a retirement home may well prompt them to ask a few questions. It’s not chess or bridge, but researchers insist that bingo can keep your mind trim and bring more to your youthfulness than just cash prizes and idle chitchat.
Bingo players who have been playing bingo for a sustained period of time have been found to have superior reflexes in many cases to non-bingo players. The speed and mental agility required to scan six bingo cards in time before next call is certainly better than stagnating in front of television and has been responsible for keeping minds of many people of different ages fit and healthy. As we get older, blood begins to run at a thinner rate to brain. Using our brains less can result in a decrease of mental agility and flexibility. Playing bingo is an enjoyable way to keep those attributes intact.
The competitive spirit of game is also something that helps to regenerate our bodies when we take ourselves out of workforce. The experience of retirement can very much and rightly so, equate to slowing things down. People take things at a far more leisurely pace. This is what is so attractive and something many look forward to after a fast-moving career. The only problem is that as we do that, so we lose a sense of invigoration that competitive energy used to spark. The great thing about playing bingo is that it is able to reignite that spark, depending on where you are playing. Certain bingo halls can be notoriously competitive. Players have developed ways of managing to cope with as many cards as possible by turning them upside down, paying for someone else to keep an eye on them and even continue other activities, such as knitting while game is in play. The callers can move relatively quickly and you have to stay on your toes in order not to miss a call or a number. To many, this competitive edge and speed aspect is so vital to maintenance of their energy and fighting spirit. It keeps all of senses in a sharp shape and forces player to sustain some of efficiency and rigour they may have been used to when working or even when their bodies may have had slightly more endurance than they do now. Players have to stretch themselves to limit and keep competitive flame burning by allure of large cash prizes.