A hobby is an activity that is done particularly during leisure time for pleasure, relaxation or happiness of an individual. Hobbies can include any activity which brings relaxation, fun or happiness and accordingly it can range from collecting themed items and objects, engaging in creative activities and many others. Hobbies are common for many individuals but the exact best hobby is hard to pinpoint. However, some of the most popular hobbies include the following:
Among the number of hobbies only some are the most popular hobbies. The popular ones shown by polls are reading watching TV, family time, gardening, playing team sports, going to the movies, swimming, and golf.
Hobbies can vary for both men and women. Hobbies that refresh ones passions and love for life may not be the same for men. Women hobbies mostly turn to heal to the mind and body. Men hobbies would require relaxation from work and stress.
Popular hobbies for women are Yoga, Jewelry making, Belly dancing, Freelance writing, Cooking, Gardening, Photography, Surfing and Meditation.
Popular hobbies for men include watching or playing sports, socializing, watching TV or movies, camping and others.
America being the hobby center of the world, it spends more money on hobbies every year when compared with the rest of the countries on the earth. From an old-fashioned whittling or a polarized-light microscopy, a lot of interests provide many people of America with relaxation and amusement. According to an extensive survey conducted by Popular Science Monthly, the top five hobbies of America are Photography, Stamps, Music, Model Making, and Home Workshop.
Many Americans (19,000,000) fans of amateur camera clicked their shutters 600,000,000 times to record still pictures in the United States. This photography as a hobby made them spend more than $100,000,000 for film, supplies, and new equipment only during the last year.
Americans whose stamp collecting is a hobby spend fifty million dollars a year. According to philatelic authorities, the number of these enthusiasts has increased from 2,000,000 in 1931 to six times that number in 1941. Today’s enthusiasts buy stamps as an investment as well as a hobby.
As music brings relaxation and happiness, it is estimated that 10,000,000 Americans turn to music for a hobby. Those who are interested in music either they simple listen or study some kind of instrumental music.
According to the statistics, the metallic chatter of model railroad trains provides music to the ears of more than 2,250,000 Americans. It is estimated that a model railroader on an average spends nearly $3 a week.
5. Home workshops:
Working with tools and making things with the use of wood and metal has become a common hobby for the Americans.