Having any free time in today’s world is considered a valuable commodity we should not take for granted. With the hectic lifestyle people lead nowadays, it is vital to utilise your free time in such a way that you enjoy it the most. If you haven’t picked up any hobbies yet, you might find yourself in a real puzzle, since there are a lot of things to choose from, but, how exactly do we make that choice and do society and our environment have anything to do with it?
Society exerts pressure through social networks—the feeling of missing out
If you have chosen to appear on social networks, you have been bombarded by various images and posts where people gladly share what they are doing, eating, etc. All of this can be a little bit overwhelming, and on some occasions, you may even feel like you are missing out on something and that may cause great misfortune.
Let’s take an example of people going out to nightclubs and posting their videos and photos for everyone to see. If you happened to stay in on that Saturday night and saw all those posts, you might have felt like you were missing out on great fun and thus induced yourself with a feeling of enormous pressure. Then, you also might have decided to go out more, even if you don’t necessarily like it, to shake off that negative feeling. This sort of society’s influence could prove detrimental and inevitably affects the choice of how you spend your free time.
Follow in your parents’ footsteps
If you look around you, you will see a routine and the usual choice of hobbies and pastime activities. It is also highly common that children proceed with the same hobbies as a continuation of their parents’ actions and thus turn something into a tradition. Also, a lot of hobbies have grown to become regular jobs, and by doing so, the people have the chance to do something they like and make money in the process.
Also, parents naturally have a saying in what sort of activities their children perform. If a child shows a proclivity towards some sport or a form of art, such as painting or sculpting, by steering them towards that is what will govern their future choices of pastime activities. In this way, parents pave the way of their children’s future hobbies, and that tends to continue throughout their adult life as well.
Your own expectations matter the most
We have so far shown that society can have substantial clout when it comes to our everyday decisions. Whether we want to admit it or not, we do care about the opinions of others and society’s approval is essential. With that in mind, we tend to shape our behaviour and activities in a way that they fit the norms and prerequisites of society.
Such a feeling also applies to our free time and hobbies. However, the bottom line should be that your free time is yours to command and you should do whatever makes you happy, regardless of what others have to say. Our free time is our to do what we please and not what others command. Stay true to yourself.