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  • Ron Davidson

Younger millennials and Gen Z lack hobbies

Since many people across Canada, and globally, have been doing the right thing and focusing on self-isolating for the time being, it has come to my attention that many people, especially those in my generation, lack hobbies. Hobbies are important to me because it gives me something to do, which is important, especially during this time of social isolation and distancing. Before I begin, this is not an accusation to people my age, or any specific age range at all. Who better to address this topic than someone who has kept multiple hobbies for nearly two decades. I have mentioned before, drawing has always been a hobby of mine. It is understandable that some people dislike drawing and find it doesn’t entertain them. Just because one hobby fails to entertain them, doesn’t mean that’s the be all and end all. There are many hobbies, such as playing video games or painting. Hobbies don’t have to be necessarily creative either. The reason I think many people lack hobbies is that society has become too reliant on social interaction in place of doing things by yourself. I am not saying social interaction is a bad thing, and sometimes people need to go outside, or talk to their family, but I don’t think it’s necessary to be around your friends every weekend. Social interaction is necessary, but only to a certain degree. In my opinion, people my age should learn how to establish a hobby. It would be in their best interest because it could save them hours spent sitting in their room, not doing anything. Having a lack of interests outside of socializing with other people can also take a toll on your mental health, especially during times like the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, the government advises people not to leave their houses unless it is necessary. Meaning, it’s a bad idea and morally wrong to go to your friend’s house or to even host a small gathering. Social distancing affects everyone, even if it may not seem like it. I think some people, especially those who are around my age, or younger, are finding it hard to social distance themselves, and to not stay inside,  because they have become reliant on being social. Aside from the societal reliance on socialization, many people are used to being busy with their jobs, family members, and other things besides hobbies. A lot of people simply do not have the time for hobbies… even if they want to start them up again or start a new one. A good time to start a new hobby, or pick up an old one, is during this time of self-isolation.

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