Everybody needs a hobby. That’s just a statement of fact. They give you things to do with your time, and they engage your body and mind. Not only that but they also make you a more interesting person. We’ve all had those moments where you talk to someone, and you realize that they don’t seem to have any interests at all. It doesn’t usually take long before the conversation dries up completely. If you have a hobby then you have something you can talk to people and be passionate about. It’s something that’s actually a lot less common than you might expect. When you’re young, you have plenty of hobbies and passions, but then again you also have a lot more free time.
When you’re an adult with adult responsibilities, being able to take some time for yourself just to do whatever you want is a luxury that you can afford less and less. Unless you’re lucky enough to be able to take large chunks of time off work whenever you like, you’re probably going to be spending the vast majority of your time working, and that’s not something that can leave you with much energy. But that doesn’t mean that it’s not important to get out there and do something with your time. If you’re not the kind of person who can come home from work and wants to go for a hike or a bike ride for fun then maybe you’d be better off with a different kind of hobby. There are plenty of new hobbies that have sprung up around a lot of the incredible technology that’s been developed over the last few years. If you’re something of a tech-head, then you’re in luck! Here are five seriously cool hobbies who’s completely in love with technology.
Whatever outdated ideas you might have about video games, forget them all right now. Video games are now the most popular pastime in the world. What was once just a handful of pixels on a screen is now a massive, sprawling industry with different styles, genres, cultures, and communities. It’s never been a more interesting time to take up gaming. From the big budget blockbusters being released on the most cutting edge consoles to quirky oddities and art games being released on services like steam. No matter what genre play style, or story you’re looking for, there’s something out there for you. If you’ve found games in the past too focussed on killing and blowing things up, then there are thousands of games without any fighting at all. Instead, you can grow crops, solve puzzles, raise a family, uncover mysteries and do pretty much anything else. Of course, if you do like gaming’s more aggressive side then you’ll surely never run out of new and exciting ways to blow things up.
Drones are in a bit of a weird situation at the moment because they are commonly used by the military and large companies like Amazon. Because of that, there’s a degree to which a lot of people simply don’t trust them. That’s really rather sad because there’s actually a lot more to drones than just those two specific examples. In fact, there are a lot of drones that are made specifically for everyday people to use for fun and entertainment. People like to use drones as ways to film videos, take photos, people even race them! You can find a bunch of different types of drones at BestDroneForTheJob.com. You could almost think of this as a modern day equivalent to the remote controlled kit planes that people used to take out to the park and fly around.
Ah, programming. Could there be a more archetypal nerd hobby? Of course, that doesn’t mean that it’s not also very interesting and extremely fun. If you’re the kind of person who really loves problem-solving, then programming might just be the perfect hobby for you. There’s something incredibly satisfying about being able to turn lines of code on a screen into something tangible. The other great thing about coding is that it’s the kind of hobby that you can actually apply in the real world. Programming is a skill that more and more employers are looking for every single day. There’s no limit to the kinds of things that you can do, whether you’re creating an app, designing a game, or building a website. And what could be more satisfying than finding a hobby that you really love, and then being able to make a living from it?
These days everyone’s a photographer. Thanks to smartphones and apps like Instagram, everyone is constantly documenting their lives in pictures. And that’s fantastic! Who is ever going to turn around in thirty years time and say “man, I really wish I had fewer photos of all the things I did with my friends and family!” But why not take things a step further and get yourself a real camera. That way you can go beyond the basic, point-and-click photography of camera phones and start thinking about light, composition, depth-of-field and all of the other complicated terms that photographers use. Not only that but you can also learn to edit your photos digitally which is not only a great way to improve your photographs but is yet another skill that employers are always looking for.
If you think that DJs just step up to a computer, press play in Itunes and then walk away from the, I’m afraid you’re sadly mistaken. DJing is actually an incredibly deep and fascinating art form. Whether you want to learn the basics of scratching or you want to be able to create amazing mixes for parties with your friends, learning to DJ is a great way to get a better understanding of the way music is constructed. Don’t assume you need to loads of musical experience either, plenty of great DJs would have no idea what to do if a guitar was in their hands.
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