Bingo – internet reality
More and more people are finding new, exciting and sometimes stranger ways of finding entertainment. We all love being entertained, whether by methods such as movies, music, partying and games, entertainment is a way of uplifting and removing ourselves from the daily humdrum of working life and the necessities that come with it. We all like escapism. Removing ourselves from reality for a moment allows us to put our life into perspective and return to it with a more relaxed and open frame of mind.
Finding the same level of entertainment in the new techno-based era, with computers, gadgets and the internet, has for some become a daily passion. The new ‘social’ search based methods now being utilised by companies such as Yahoo, YouTube and Wikipedia are now commonplace amongst the internet, as people strive to find ways of communicating with the outside world in an attempt to bring everyone closer together in the search for an escape or dose of internet reality. These social search mechanisms also allow us to see further what we cannot see everyday. That is the way people are living their lives, be it just around your corner, or on the other side of the world. They allow us to fulfil the natural instinct of wanting to reach out beyond our lifestyle boundaries and sample the lives of others. Just as we have become addicted to the reality TV shows, we are now addicted to reality internet.
One such way of fulfilling the need for entertainment online is to play online games like Bingo. Bingo has always been a sociable game to play, since its inception back in the late 1500s, but the modern method of playing online not only provides light entertainment, but a great social mechanism and a chance for a touch of internet reality too.
The chat rooms that are associated with the games, allow us to communicate with people all over the world and not just in the local area, as was the restriction with land-based bingo. Setting yourself up for a night of online bingo is another way of removing yourself from reality for a moment, and allows us to fulfil the need for light entertainment and a connection with the new reality internet world.
Most people who play bingo stay logged in to the bingo game for hours on end. Stats from the International Bingo Network show that the average session is approximately 2 hours, with peak periods being between 6pm and midnight, after the kids have gone to bed or at the end of a long hard day at the office. However, people are not always playing every game as most simply enjoy the online social element. This is a good way of meeting people, catching up on gossip and connecting with the lives of others.
Most bingo sites offer the chat room function and some offer the ability to view a picture or profile of the players. But what will the future hold for the next generation of bingo software. Will we soon see video clips in the profile just like the Google video clips, will we be able to view players live online at home from a webcam, jumping up and down and screaming bingo, or barking in frustration at the computer as they see someone else pick up that big bingo jackpot.
Once thing is for certain, online bingo is currently proving to be a hit amongst online gamers in the UK. It is fun, easy to play and gives a chance to bring everyone together in one bingo community, sharing the common goal of light entertainment, social search and reality internet.
About the Author: Written by Morgan Collins for the International bingo network. Article must be published in full with author name and links retained.