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V1RGINGAMES.COM has released the findings of a survey that it conducted investigating how online bingo has affected the social lives and friendships of its players


V1RGINGAMES.COM has released the findings of a survey that it conducted investigating how online bingo has affected the social lives and friendships of its players.

The study found that 44 percent of the 647 players questioned had made 'genuine friendships' through its site with 18 percent having met up in person. In addition, 22 percent of the respondents stated that they had shared 'personal problems and family issues' with friends made through playing online bingo while 34 percent believed that participating in online bingo had improved their social life.

Interestingly, 69 percent of those questioned declared that playing bingo online had 'replaced going to land-based bingo halls' while four players have started romantic relationships with someone they met via VirginGames.com.

"When we put out this survey we really had no idea what to expect," said Alan Thomas from VirginGames.com.

"We are genuinely thrilled that our customers get more than a bit of fun out of playing online bingo at VirginGames.com. It seems a number of them have truly enriched their social lives through new friendships and in one case a wedding.

"There is a lot of focus on the negative impacts of online gaming but I think this demonstrates that, for a lot of people, it provides a point of common interest and can bring something to people's lives."
 
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