In the modern era, leisure is a very precious concept, almost a savior of our modern lives that in some opportunities are too stressful due to the responsibilities and the large number of hours we dedicate to work. Leisure activities or the amount of free time (which is the perfect framework to develop leisure activities), which were available to workers in the past, began to increase progressively in the early nineteenth century, to become a good today Almost consumption.
Also, according to some concepts raised from studies that have been carried out on different continents, leisure depends a lot on the region in which it is analyzed, by customs, traditions, economic situation and other factors that influence the possibilities of real rest and what to do with free time.
Technology and Its Influence
At present, many children, young people, and adults invest several hours of their leisure in activities where technology is involved. From chatting with friends in the different applications of mobile devices, playing in an online casino games, to streaming platforms to watch movies, they are all sedentary leisure activities that are increasingly frequent throughout the world and are related to technological advances.
The Evolution of Leisure In The Last Hundred Years
Today, leisure is an essential base that sustains modern society. This is due to several factors that changed very deeply during the twentieth century. Some of them are:
- In the first place, all the social conquests reached by the workers, which made the workers have the right to work a specific amount of hours, that there was a weekly rest and that there were paid vacations.
- Progress through technology.
- Technology applied to domestic use that greatly reduced the time spent on household chores.
- The advances in the health area that increased the life expectancy of people.
Somehow, these advances have facilitated that many more people around the world have the opportunity to enjoy the deserved daily, weekly and annual rest. Therefore, leisure is considered a basic right of humanity, very similar to any of the other rights that we should all have, such as education and health.
On the other hand, it is important to take care of the quality of those leisure moments so that they take full advantage and are a factor in personal, work and even family growth. Leisure will continue to evolve and adapt to social changes, but the most important thing is that it is still a highly valued value that everyone should enjoy and care for.
Visual journalist/Graduating student, University of Missouri-Columbia. Lover of everything in the gaming industry and an avid fan of all films!