Bingo to be on doctor’s prescription?

Bingo to be on doctor’s prescription?

Looks like bingo will gain more popularity on doctor’s orders, coincidently the bingo call sign for bingo number 9.

As more new bingo sites emerge, reasons to play bingo are also growing. Not only does the sport provide an entertaining diversion but it also involves social interaction to the players. Now, the game has also been acknowledged as a good brain activity that improves the concentration and focus among older bingo players.

According to a recent research, Bingo has been credited with keeping players on their toes and developing their brain power, while also sharpening their memory and mental speed along with improving the ability to scan and locate information in the shortest possible time.

Bingo, a game that was patronized by the elderly middle class ladies, gained more attention after celebrities such as Elle Macpherson, Denise Van Outen, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bianca, Jade Jagger and Robbie Williams, endorsed it. Today the online version of the game enjoys a massive fan following, with over three million people enjoying a daily fix of bingo games at numerous bingo sites.

Contrary to popular perception that younger players are more adept at this game than older players, the research showed that older players does much better than the younger players when it comes to bingo – a clear indication that the longer you have been playing at this game, your brain power improves, keeping you sharp and more alert than the others.

“Any mental or physical activity is good for you but bingo involves searching for digits which is particularly sensitive to the ageing process,” said Julie Winstone, of Southampton University who conducted the research.

Other factors, such as concentration and being a good listener also played an important role in this game. “In bingo it is very important not to miss a number and you have to sustain your attention sometimes for several hours,” she said.

As part of the research, 112 people that included an equal mix of bingo players and non bingo players were divided into two age groups. The first group had members in the age bracket 18-40, while the second group comprised of older members in the 60-82 age group.

Both the groups were given a task of scanning a grid for different numbers that included single digit, double digits and triple digits. The test results showed that older bingo players outdid the younger bingo players as well as the older non bingo players.

According to Ms Winstone, “Concentration has been shown to decline with age so bingo could be helping older people sustain their attention for longer.”

Thus, bingo may soon be a game recommended for play on doctor’s orders.