altDespite the ever-increasing popularity of playing games online, there still appears to be a social stigma that bingo is for ladies of certain age. Whilst in some smaller community clubs, the majority of players still appear to be of retirement age, a recent report has shown that the average age of the bingo-lover has dropped quite dramatically. The report shows that there are almost 3.5 million bingo players in the UK, of which 700,000 are now aged between 18 and 25. So, how has this come about? Apparently, it’s all thanks to the age of the internet. Gone are the days when our favourite hobby was primarily enjoyed in land-based clubs, and although this method of play is still the favourite of many, people are now discovering a whole new world of gaming entertainment due to the proliferation of mobile and internet technology.

Players can now get online in search of a full house or a progressive room jackpot, with a bit of obligatory banter on the side, from the comfort of their own home, whilst sitting at the bus stop, or in a hotel room on the other side of the country. As with most things internet-related, not only do new hobbies and interests become instantly accessible to potential audiences of millions, but they also gain a certain amount of credibility. Facebook and Twitter users can spread the good word about their favourite sites to friends and contacts around the globe simply by liking, sharing, and re-tweeting. That in itself is a vast improvement on mentioning to a couple of friends down the pub on Friday night that you won a tenner at your local Mecca club the other day.

Of course, it’s not just younger people who take advantage of the latest technology. However, the majority of smart-phone users are said to be in the 16-30 age group, and with the rapid progression in mobile phone technology over the last decade, it’s no surprise that a younger audience are now starting to see the benefits of bingo.

The industry has also being growing rapidly online, with more than 250 UK sites currently in existence. With new players being made particularly welcome, thanks to generous bonuses, sign-up offers, and tempting prizes up for grabs, it appears bingo has finally become a game for all generations to enjoy.

How do you enjoy playing bingo? Are you a fan of land-based clubs? If so, are you concerned that the rise of mobile and online sites is at risk of putting these clubs out of business? If you love nothing better than playing on your PC, laptop, smart-phone or tablet, what do you think makes it a better experience than visiting your local club?