Bingo has been one of the most popular pastimes in the UK since the 1960s. But while traditional bingo halls cater to older players, digital bingo platforms have attracted young people. YouGov data shows that women are more likely to be playing, and 28% of online players are in the 25-34 age group.
This increase in younger female players is due to how the game has evolved in recent years. The range of games on Gala Bingo shows how online platforms attract new markets by introducing exciting new variants. For example, they offer 40, 50, 75 ball, bingo 80, and bingo 90 ball, as well as themed games like Deal or No Deal Bingo and Bingo Beats. These digital bingo games allow younger players to form a deeper connection through pop culture references compared to traditional versions. Of course, aside from enjoying these new versions of bingo, studies show that women have even more to gain by playing bingo.
1. Reconnecting and networking with strangers
In 2020, a study by the University of Essex showed that 34% of women felt isolated. Being naturally more social creatures than men, women crave social interaction. Yale’s Science of Wellbeing Coursera even notes that one of the top things that gives us happiness are connections with people we don’t know. Thankfully, through online bingo chat rooms, many women can find a way to connect with friends and strangers. Because you’re all playing a game, there’ll hardly be an awkward moment, either. Who knows? You may even be able to translate your online friendships offline.
2. Reduces risk of cognitive decline
Unfortunately, women are more predisposed for cognitive issues like Alzheimer’s. In England and Wales, 65% of those living with dementia are biologically female. While there is still no cure for this disease, decades of studies have shown that games stimulate brain health. Women in senior homes across the UK who regularly played bingo were seen to be more mentally present than others. The University of Southampton conducted a study that revealed that playing bingo helped sharpen hand-eye coordination, problem-solving, alertness, and pain management. Think of playing bingo as your brain exercise for the day.
3. Improves mood and overall health
When asked how they felt playing bingo, regardless if they won or not, 58% of women said they still felt happy. Aside from this you are also influencing your brain to release neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin. Thanks to these same neurotransmitters, it is believed by psychologists at the University of Tennessee that even your overall immunity can be boosted by smiling. Some GPs even believe that smiling can lower blood pressure. Of course, when you’re happy, you also radiate positivity that affects those around you to feel better, too.
There are many ways for women to feel empowered and fulfilled in this “new normal”. Among these, bingo is perhaps one of the most interesting because of its entertaining and inclusive nature. Seldom do we see games that cross demographics this effortlessly. Perhaps it’s because of tradition, the jackpot, or just a sense of belonging, but bingo is a holistically beneficial hobby that more and more women are discovering a passion for.