5 Pass Times and Activities Americans Absolutely LOVE
America’s favorite pass times and hobbies, though innumerable, all have one common denominator- that they rely on encouraging binging or obsessive patterns of consumption. The culture heavily profits from binging and habitual indulgence in hobbies and activities. To match that need, here is a list of binge-worthy activities that the American nation is glued to these days!
Consuming TV Content
The number of subscribers Spectrum TV App has today is very telling of how fond America is of watching television. Whether on a cable connection, rented DVDs or Netflix, mass media consumption is the biggest hobby of American people belonging to all age groups.
There’s a reason that Hollywood is the biggest media creation giant, aside from having the most well-funded film industry in the world. That is the nation’s undying demand for more, more, and more content! Good or bad, any film or TV show that is captivating enough would suffice to keep the binge-watching population of consumers at bay.
Moreover, even on an implicit level, we consume more mass media than we think. Every social media snippet or Instagram edit of your favorite show that you watch, or upload is a testament to how deeply engrained media consumption is within our lives, and how much we enjoy it. The amount of impact that TV shows and movies have on pop culture and the music industry, too, is indicative of this.
Listening to Music
The music and show business industries are intrinsically linked, further telling of just how deeply woven both interests are in our social fabric. The public loves listening to music, as it is their outlet for release, catharsis and enjoyment. There is always room for music in any given social situation.
The number of artists or aspiring artists in America today shows us exactly how crucial music is in our lives. Nearly every single person listens to at least some kind of music.
Music consumption and creation are one of the most versatile hobbies. It has become the gateway to so many other means of entertainment. For example, one who is interested in music can both make AND listen to it! Additionally, music is played in the background of all films and shows created. There are huge concerts and music festivals held to celebrate and enjoy music in masses.
Everybody knows it, fast food is the life of America. It’s no wonder that we have the largest sizes in our food servings, and one of the highest rates of obesity. In the year 2022, America is recorded to be home to over 155,000 full time restaurants.
The American food palette is adorned with delicacies from across the world, given their ethnically diverse population. Now, there are restaurants from regions all over the globe and all kinds of food is enjoyed by the citizens. However, the leading giants are still fast-food restaurants.
Fast food is the quickest (albeit) unhealthiest fix for your hunger. Moreover, it is also the most generally economical option within restaurants as the fast-food business model is to provide quickly made, processed, easy to consume food for the fast-paced lives we live.
As the famous saying goes, a friend in need is a friend you go shopping with! Retail therapy is one of the most common hobbies in America. Starting from clothing and make-up hauls, window shopping, and binge shopping at the mall, down to impulse buying online, shopping is a part of our everyday lives and routines.
A large chunk of the American population identifies as self-proclaimed ‘shopaholics.’ Even in the movies, all the cool kids go to the mall when they want to hang out. Ever since online shopping became the norm, particularly in post covid times, shopping has been made even easier! With a world of products at your fingertips, everything feels like something you need! This is why shopping is one of America’s favorite timepass.
Cooking and Baking
Two very recurring pop culture references in American movies and shows are Sunday barbecues with dad and coming home to mom’s pie. Plus, we have already established that binge eating is one of America’s favorite pass times. What better solution to being a foodie than to know how to cook!
According to a recent survey, 38% of people said they are into baking and cooking, when asked what their favorite hobby is. It is the kind of thing that most people dabble in at least once during their lives, because who doesn’t love a freshly cooked meal?