A hobby (plural: hobbies), called also pastime or hobby, is an activity of performing voluntarily and regularly operates, which serves the own pleasure or relaxation and contributes to the own self-image. A hobby is not a profession and represents a part of his identity for the perpetrator.
The term hobby has a light close to the term game. An activity is known as hobby, however, only if one has a taste compared to other leisure activities for this activity and regularly performs it.
An important criterion for the distinction, what shall be considered as a hobby or work, is often, but not necessarily whether it serves as a source of livelihood. In common parlance, those who deal with a subject in their spare time, amateurs or volunteers are called – as counterpart to the professional specialist, professional. A volunteering must be however not a hobby, but can arise also need thought.
To do one thing as a hobby, can have the character in the form of increased, fan of a thing to be, if it’s a kind of veneration of the thing.
Running a hobby has often relaxing or other useful therapeutic side effects. In some cases however (for example, when collecting) the boundaries between professional, to blur hobby and addiction can begin. Some collections can be considered quite investment, for example art collections. In addition, there are amateurs who acquire knowledge and skills in their respective area of expertise in which they are professional experts in nothing and also a corresponding reputation.
According to research, the Foundation for future issues – an initiative by British American tobacco in the leisure monitor 2013 shape especially media and recreation leisure everyday life of citizens. Therefore, television remains the most common leisure activity. Citizens have an average of 3 hours and 49 minutes of leisure time per working day. 14 minutes are less than 2010.
Examples of common hobbies are activities such as collecting, crafts, craft, model building, sport, art or education.