Dear Aunt Bingo,
We’d like your opinion on a topic my friends and I toss
around from time to time—namely, how much Bingo is too
Trish and Amy are two of my friends and
at the most they play Bingo once a week. When those of
us who play more often try and get them to join us, they
say once a week is enough for them and that they have
their jobs and family responsibilities and can’t/won’t
give more time to Bingo. (I should add that both of
them—Amy in particular—is a little “judgy” about the
others of us who go more often, and is usually the one
who likes to bring up this topic the most often. Sorry,
The majority of us, which is six people, play
Bingo at least twice a week with an occasional third
time if there is a special game happening somewhere and
we can spare the time. We think this is not excessive
and many times will go less often or skip a week if some
other activity or family responsibility presents itself.
To be honest, though, I don’t like skipping if I can
help it because I love my Bingo!
friends—Stacy and Lynn—are avid players and go three to
five times a week (and maybe more). They are both
retired and their kids are grown so they have the time.
But I tend to swing over to Trish’s and Amy’s side on
going to that much Bingo. It seems like a little too
much time and money being invested in a game.
the bright side, I never worry about having a Bingo
buddy to play with. I can always phone Stacy or Lynn for
company because it’s a safe bet that on any given
evening one or both of them will be out there somewhere
playing Bingo, and will usually drive over and pick me
The most recent time this conversation came up, I
told everybody that I was going to write to you and get
your opinion. How much Bingo is too much Bingo? What do
—Two Time Tammy, California,
Dear Two Time
This is a popular topic among Bingo
buddies, quite often because a spouse has griped about
it and it gets us Bingo players thinking.
opinion, frequency is not really the issue. As you and
your friends demonstrate, once a week is fine for busy
people with lots of other things going on; twice a week
is great for folks who are a bit less busy and love the
game so much that playing once a week just isn’t enough;
while people with the glorious freedom of retirement and
grown kids have every right to fill their golden years
with as much Bingo as they can stand.
qualifiers I will offer, therefore, have to do with cost
Bingo is far from the most costly
entertainment out there, but there is a cost. If once a
week makes you happy, then enjoy. If five nights of
Bingo a week fit within your budget, go for it.
if there is a recurring choice between Bingo or the
mortgage, Bingo or heat, Bingo or the credit card bill,
then girl … you are playing too much Bingo.
be sure you recognize the difference between wanting to
play Bingo and NEEDING to play.
Bingo is gambling,
and gambling can be compulsive and addictive. If you or
someone you know is heading toward financial trouble or
plays because you/they crave the physical rush that
comes with chasing that next Bingo win—these could be
warning signs of addiction.
There is a very good
article on this topic on the Gambling Addiction Blog. To
learn more about the signs of gambling addiction and how
to get help, visit
gambling.addictionblog.org/bingo-addiction-can-you-become-addicted-to-bingo. —Aunt Bingo
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