This is such a small topic, but I find myself in discussions about this in real life more than I want to, and I would be interested to hear your opinion. I know we’re a pretty homogenous folk in terms of opinion but honestly, don’t hold back, don’t make your opinion NoSurf friendly or anything, honestly say what you feel. I wanna discuss about this. Prove me wrong.
I don’t think any of the popular hobby-less hobbies are hobbies at all.
Whenever you ask a person’s hobbies, especially when there’s some kind of introduction round or you’re becoming friends with someone, inevitably you’re gonna find out.
And most people are just like… “watching movies, listening to music, playing games”! At this point it’s so bad that we’re barely hearing “meeting my friends” anymore, and that’s arguably not even a hobby either, but at least there’s a hint of friendship there that isn’t about liking virtual posts online as an act of friendship.
I don’t think just sitting there consuming content is a hobby. I used to think they are, because I didn’t have anything else in my freetime, but now I think differently and I find it sends such a wrong message when everyone keeps listing that as their hobbies wherever I go (not here, irl).
I know, they’re things done in your freetime, but I feel like for a hobby it has to be active or you gotta create something. Stuff like badminton, or embroidery. Not just consumption.
This might be arbitrary, but we all consume, and I feel like a hobby is when we go out of our way to do it. I made a mistake in the past to call cooking a hobby, but it’s so normal like TV watching and needed for our every day life, it’s like calling brushing your teeth or riding the train a hobby. Just because you’re doing it every day doesn’t mean it’s a hobby!
I also feel like a hobby is done with something in mind, while a lot or most of our hobby-Netflixers are doing it mindlessly, or on the side, or compulsively. I feel like it is something you take your time for and do for a set time before you return to your duties, not something you do because you always do it, you’re bored, there’s nothing else to do, etc.
It’s kind of weird how I only know a handful of people with hobbies in a traditional sense (or my opinion), and lots of people who go home to have content thrown at them and do nothing else.
I know that there are hobbies that are in a grey area by definition of this, which would be stuff like reading, which is why I’m so interested in hearing your side. Maybe I’m just a hobby purist ;D