Young people have less time for traditional hobbies such as jigsaw puzzles, board games, and gardening. Instead, their hobbies are taking an ever more social turn. Generation Z (born 1997 – 2012) participates in hobbies that can get them social props online.
Gen Z’s desire to star in the next viral TikTok or YouTube Short influence the way they spend their time. While some may say that such hobbies are a waste of time, if it’s pulling their attention away from the screen or leading them outdoors, isn’t it a good thing?
New data collected by Samsung gives us some unique insight into the most popular hobbies of generation Z. While the data shows that young people do participate in many outdoor and indoor hobbies, here are a few you may not know.
Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is the sensation of tingling that runs down your head or spine. Often the feeling is triggered by slow stimulating audio, sights, or touch, resulting in a relaxing and pleasant experience for the receiver.
Not everyone has an ASMR response, just as how not everyone will get chills from a powerful piece of music.
Content creators were quick to jump on the ASMR bandwagon, creating videos and audio designed to induce the ASMR state in their audience. If you’ve never tried ASMR or are unsure if you have an AMSR response, head to YouTube and find out.
2. Rock Painting
Rock painting is what it sounds like, applying acrylic paint to rocks. But, despite the simple idea, there are thousands of examples of stunning painted rocks online.
Enthusiasts paint rocks to look like ladybugs, houses, cartoon characters, or geometric patterns.
Rock painting is, in fact, nothing new. Other cultures have been painting rocks for centuries. For example, in Tibetan regions, rocks are painted with mantras or Buddhist imagery.
Geocaching is a cross between orienteering and Pokemon Go. Geocaching involves searching for caches that players hide anywhere on the planet. To take part, players need to download the app from the Geocaching website.
Geocaching is an excellent hobby for those that enjoy getting outside. The app guides them to the location of the cache, and it’s their job to find it. Caches often contain a log book they can sign to prove their find but may also hold surprises, which makes geocaching like treasure hunting!
4. Toy Voyaging
Toy voyaging sounds absurd, sending toys on voyages around the world, but many are taking part in this new hobby. Why would anyone want to send their toys and stuffed animals to different countries? Primarily for photos to share on social media.
There are communities where anyone can register as hosts for other people’s toys or find hosts for toys. The host then shows the toy the sights, takes a photo, and posts it online for the owner to see and share. Toys are then sent on to the next host and location.
5. Extreme Ironing
It’s hard to believe that extreme ironing exists, but it does! Extreme ironing competitors take creases seriously. They find the most isolated and often dangerous locations to set up their ironing boards.
Extreme ironing occurs on mountain tops, underwater, and even while skydiving. Some consider bungee-ironing a subgenre of extreme ironing, perhaps the most extreme.
Advances in both design and manufacture have made a hover-like experience achievable over water. The hydro-foil is a device attached beneath a surfboard, wakeboard, or other watersport equipment (even boats.) Using the hydrodynamic lift of the water, much like the aerodynamic lift of a plane, the rider and his surfboard can ride the waves while never touching the water.
Sound like magic? That is how many experienced hydro-foilers describe it. You have to see it to believe it.
7. Bubble Nails
Bubble nails are a visually pleasing effect and unique nail polish effect. Unlike most nail art, bubble nails don’t require much skill or artistic talent, which means anyone can do it at home cheaply and get something share-worthy.
The technique involves applying ordinary soap bubbles to freshly gelled or polished nails and then curing or allowing them to dry. The soap bubbles leave the effect behind, which can be highlighted with other nail art techniques and promptly shared online.
Hobbies for Likes: A Waste of Time?
Activities centered around social media and designed to get likes, retweets, and followers don’t have to detract from the activity and can add another level of enjoyment. But is it a waste of time?
Gen Z overuse their devices, that’s undeniable, but social media’s incentive for people to try new things or get outside to discover new sports is only a positive.
Like most things, there is more than one side to the story. So why not try out one of the hobbies above? You may even get the urge to share it online.
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Originally from the U.K, Greg has lived in Asia for over 15 years. Fluent in a handful of languages, he ran a management consultancy before creating Face Dragons. He spends his time now traveling around Asia, writing, taking photos, and drinking coffee.