Bingo Still the Number One Choice for Moms
Historically, bingo has been a game for all. Originating as a lottery in 16th century Italy, the game was not the sole domain of either sex. As time progressed, it increasingly became a game for ladies, with bingo houses across the United States packed with girls and moms alike. However, the decline in bingo attendances in the 1990s threatened the very existence of the game altogether, as busy moms struggled to balance increasingly hectic work, family and social life. It has only been the success and development of online bingo that has seen the game come back from the dead to approach the same popularity that it once enjoyed, the reasons for which are numerous.
The chief factor behind this resurgence in the popularity of the game is the ease with which moms can play bingo online. Traditional bingo halls mean time-consuming journeys in an era where schedules are becoming increasingly fraught, especially amongst moms who have to juggle careers with collecting junior from soccer practice and heading to the mall to collect the week’s groceries. Playing the game online cuts out this time expenditure completely, and features such as auto-daubing allow games to be played while other activities are completed. Ergo, the household chores do not have to suffer merely because mom is playing bingo.
The second major factor in the rejuvenation of the game’s popularity is the prizes that are now available to online customers. While progressive jackpots in traditional bingo halls offer large winnings, the general prizes available are directly linked to the level of admissions and profits of the bingo hall. In short, fewer fannies on seats mean smaller prizes to be won.
Similarly, the social features of bingo providers are as developed as the game itself. Socializing with friends has long been a key factor in bingo’s success, and playing online allows people to interact through chat features, further making the need for physical trips to the bingo parlor redundant.
Overall, the game’s popularity amongst stay-at-home moms (or part-time or flexi-time workers) has increased through the ease with which online bingo can fit into busy schedules, large promotions and prizes and the easy maintenance of social connections. With moms able to channel their energy into their households and families while still enjoying themselves, this popularity only looks to go from strength to strength.