How Do People Spend Their Leisure Time?

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What people choose to do with their leisure time depends on factors such as personal interests, disposable income, mobility and geographical limitations. For example, people who live in snowy, mountainous areas may enjoy skiing as a leisure activity, while those who live in coastal, tropical places may prefer to take advantage of their natural landscape through water-based activities like snorkeling, surfing or boating. Leisure time is defined as time that is spent free of paid or unpaid work obligations and does not include non-work time spent doing personal chores or things that are essential for survival, such as sleeping or eating.

In addition to factors such as geography and financial freedom, culture can have a great impact on how people spend their leisure time. In fact, some cultures value leisure time more than others, so some people may value leisure time less than others and may spend less time doing the non-work-related things that interest them. Men tend to have more leisure time than women do, and employed adults without children also tend to have more leisure time than their counterparts who have children. A child's leisure time may be regulated and planned by a parent or guardian. Potential leisure activities include exercise or sports, social activities, reading, watching television or playing games.