Does Playing Bingo Keep Your Brain Alive?
Think Bingo and what immediately springs to mind? For me, it is fat ladies and pink websites! Bingo has always been something your Nana does on Sunday afternoons and takes you along with her; perhaps you had this torture inflicted on you as a young child?
With online bingo, there is a whole new breed of ‘nanas’ and a lot of them are only just old enough to vote. It is doubtful that they have their future mental health in mind either.
Taking the game of bingo back to basics, you have one or more cards, printed with random numbers and you cross them off when or if they are ‘called’.
Nothing really tricky or mentally demanding about that is there?
Bingo has developed a specific rhyming language for the numbers and the most entertaining thing about the game is the little jokes an experienced caller makes, sometimes a little risque:
There are many far worse, but I’m sure you get the picture!
According to some bingo site blogs, it seems that recent research indicates playing bingo when you are younger will help you to stave off Alzheimer’s disease or dementia later in life, by keeping your mind ‘active’.
However, I have severe doubts that bingo offers sufficient mental stimulation to ‘strengthen brain cell connections’. If it can, then surely Angry Birds or Candy Crush can do the same?
It is also quite disturbing to see just how much money and time appears to have gone into this particular subject, surely there are much better things to research?
More disturbing still is the fact that online Bingo sites are twisting some of this research and using it as a way to attract new players!
I read it on the Internet, so it must be true!
In fairness, there are some educational versions of Bingo you can play, some aimed at school children and others devised to help older people get physical.
Now those I get, they require a degree of thought rather than just crossing off a few numbers from an electronic card, and have a purpose. I also fully understand the social aspect of bingo, even online it is possible to make new friends and for older or housebound people, that has to be a good thing.
But as for the pink, fluffy Bingo websites aimed at the bored ‘nanas’ of the world, I have doubts that they are going to help. Realistically, online Poker or Bridge both have far more going for them in terms of using your brain and offer just as many opportunities to forge new friendships.
Anyone up for a game of Chess?
Sarah currently works for a company that owns several big players within the gaming sector. She has been an author for us for 3 years now and fortunately, still finds time to consult for us. Learn more.