Bingo has actually been around for hundreds of years and it still seems to be growing in popularity. With so many different ways to play, whether by going to a bingo hall or playing online, it is unsurprising really that there are 3.5 million bingo players in Britain. Of these, 700 000 are between the ages of 18 and 24 showing that bingo is not just for elderly women with blue rinses.
Although it is a form of gambling and it is substantially less controllable than some other games you can bet on, bingo has easy rules to follow, never has to be expensive and it is incredibly social. These are the main reasons for playing. With the growing online bingo community, it is uncommon now for most players to be involved with social networking via chat rooms and forums on their favourite bingo websites. Playing whilst chatting, all from the comfort of your own home has never been easier. As with almost every other website where you can live chat these days, flirting whilst playing bingo has also become quite popular!
For as long as I can remember there has always been a stigma attached to bingo about it being an old ladies game and that if you are under the age of 70, you should be embarrassed to be seen going to a bingo hall. However, this is beginning to change. With the introduction of online playing, no one has to know your identity, no one will find out any personal details and your friends in the real world never have to know (unless they sneakily look at your computers search history). At the same time, playing online has enlightened the lives of hundreds of thousands of elderly people who have played bingo for a long time, it becoming part of their lives, who cannot easily get to a physical bingo hall anymore. As I touched on before, playing from the comfort of your own home has never been easier.