How Bingo Can Stimulate Your Mind
When we think of bingo, genius and brainpower don’t usually jump to the forefront of our thoughts; those attributes have tended to be reserved for poker and other games of ability and good fortune. The image of a grandparent sitting in a community hall with a cup of tea and a card of bingo these days doesn’t lend itself to the intrigue of psychology and intellectual agility.
However, in keeping with an examination by the University of Southampton’s Psychology Department, bingo may not be the trivial hobby many would take it for. Researchers there insist that bingo maintains the ability to keep the mind sharp and equates this as especially essential to folks as they get older.
The studies undertaken showed that bingo players were able to answer with more accuracy and faster in exams that measured memory, mental speed and their ability to absorb statistics from their surroundings than folks who did not play the game.
What seems to be the important advantage to the sustained playing of bingo is the concept of time. There isn’t any doubt that video games consisting of chess, poker and backgammon all stretch the thoughts and keep the mind functioning. Whereas the hand-eye coordination needed for bingo may not be as exhaustive as for different video games, the time constraint in which gamers need to check their numbers is fundamental to the sustenance of mental agility.
The tests consisted of 112 people within the age brackets of 18 to forty and 60 to eighty two. Half of each set played the game of bingo. The effects concluded that every participant that had been a bingo player had been more accurate and quicker than non-players. Interestingly, in specific tests, the older players scored higher than the more youthful players. More and more studies are bolstering the concept that a regular partaking of games that exercise the mind could be very beneficial to the preservation of ultimate intellectual functioning as we get older.
Bingo players who were younger tended to be faster, but the older players were more accurate. Many people have observed that the reason people brush aside bingo as a “junior” pastime is due to the fact we so regularly associate it with pensioners. The social stigma of bingo has isolated it from the larger branded casinos and therefore reduced its popularity amongst the “hipper” echelons of present day society.
Many people might be led to believe that the above study is simply out of whack in the sense that a game of bingo isn’t a satisfactory workout for the mind in when it comes to endurance and mental skill. In some respects they would be right. But what the assessments appear to be suggesting, is that it is the use over a long period of time or regular partaking in the game that will lead to cognitive benefits.
Then of course there are people who will believe that any form of gambling thought to be beneficial to the mind is nothing short of an aberration. While certainly not as risky in terms of the wagers that are won and lost in other gambling games, bingo is still a game where participants pay money to potentially win money and as such it is not supported by certain groups in society.
However, the social component of the game can not be disregarded and it is this form of play that would be advocated to facilitate the intellectual benefits as concluded and described above.
It is hoped that these observations and the growing amount of research surrounding bingo will help to sell the game to those who otherwise might have written it off as something to be enjoyed with gardening, tea and everything else we associate with folks over the age of 65.