When we think of bingo, genius and intellect don’t always spring to mind; these qualities have tended to be reserved for poker and other games of skill and luck. The image of an ancestor sitting in a community hall with a cup of tea and a card of bingo does not lend himself to the plotting of psychology and mental agility. Though, according to a study by the College of Southampton’s Psychology Section, bingo may not be the trivial pastime many would take it for. Academics there insist that bingo keeps the mind sharp and equate this as especially significant to people as they get older.
The tests led revealed that bingo players were more accurate and faster in tests that slow memory, mental speed and their ability to engross information from the setting around them, than those who did not play the game.
What seems to be the key benefit to the continued playing of bingo is the idea of time. There is no doubt that games such as chess, poker and backgammon all give the mind and keep the brain working. Whereas the hand-eye direction needed for bingo may not be as complete as for other games, the time restraint in which players must check their numbers is key to the nutrition of mental dexterity.
The tests comprised of 112 people in the 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 correct and nearer than non-players. Interestingly, in certain tests, the older players did better than the newer players. More and more research is secondary the theory that a regular partaking of actions that exercise the mind is very beneficial to the maintenance of best mental working as we get older.
Younger bingo players inclined to be faster, but the older ones were more accurate. Many people have optional that the reason people dismiss bingo as a “junior” gaming activity is because we so often associate it with retirees. The social shame of bingo has kept it out of the major casinos and therefore reduced its respect between the “hipper” levels of today’s culture.
Many would be led to conclude that the above education is simply out of amount in the sense that a game of bingo is hardly a suitable workout for the mind in terms of fortitude and mental skill. To an extent they would be right. But what the tests seem to be telling crucially, is that it is the lengthy or regular input in the game over a constant period of time that will lead to mental benefits.
Then of course there are those who believe that any form of gaming life proclaimed to be useful to the mind is nobody short of an aberration. Whilst surely milder in terms of the funds that change hands than extra gambling games, bingo is still a game where one pays money to gain money and as such has been criticised from sure groups in society. However, the social feature of the game cannot be overlooked and it is this type of play that would be fortified to facilitate the mental profits as concluded by the study defined above.
In the UK, there are around three million bingo players. It is wanted that this study and the rising body of research around it will help to promote the game to those who then would have printed it off as something to be enjoyed with garden, tea and everything else we assume people over the age of 65 abruptly develop a passion for.