A Sociological Study
Take It Easy
One of the lyrics, "Lighten up while you still can/ don't even try to understand/ Just find a place to make your stand/and take it easy" shows that life demands time to be enjoyed, this time is often what we refer to as leisure.
Types of Leisure
Some people enjoy filling their free time with physical activity like sports, recreational activities (biking, jogging, rock climbing).
Others enjoy spending time engrossed in a book, or playing cards.
Other activities include non-active or intellectual like watching television, singing, or sewing
Gender's Impact on Leisure
Other Sociological Factors Impacting Leisure:
- Income-How much an individual makes often dictates how they spend their free time. For example, the hobbies of a person making $100,000 a year would be drastically different than a person who makes $50,000 per year.
- Family situation-A person's marital status can affect the leisure activity, as well as the type of leisure they may partake in. A single woman, for example, may have more time to shop for pleasure than a married woman who would shop for efficiency
- Background (way of being raised)-Mostly dealt with in children, the way a person has been raised influences how they spend their free time. A child who has been encouraged to be creative may spend more time imagining and creating things, while a child who has been taught to spend time outside may enjoy outdoor activities like sports or hiking
- Age- As we get older, our interests may change. For example, a teenager might enjoy playing video games in their free time. As time progresses, however, and we get older, we may find more pleasure in reading than staring at a computer screen
- Occupation-Leisure is very dependent on occupation. If a person is working 40+ hours a week, the amount of time and type of leisure will look very different from a person who works less time.
Common Forms of Leisure
The Lost Art of Leisure
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