Niche Interests and Hobbies Create a Vital Network for People | Canberra time
It’s long been believed that everyone needs a hobby, but it’s not just about the activity itself.
Sharing information about your hobby with other people with the same area of interest, even if only online, also helps you reap the benefits of staying connected.
Dr. Yazdan Mansourian, a professor at Charles Sturt University’s School of Information and Communication Studies, has been working on a relevant research project since 2017.
“During the pandemic, when people cannot meet in person, they are using digital platforms to stay connected and share leisure-related information,” Dr. Mansourian said in a statement.
“People from different parts of the world can create virtual centers or communities of interest around their hobbies,” he said.
Even long before the pandemic, people with niche interests shared their enthusiasm, knowledge, resources, and ideas with others across the country or the world.
For example, this can be on internet forums or in social media groups.
And with people staying home more now – either by direction or choice – the “social benefits of serious leisure are greater during this difficult time”.
A word of warning, however. Be aware of what people may be behind their keyboards. Always be respectful to others, even when you disagree. And don’t take everything as fact without checking it yourself.
Hobbies you can do from home
Here are some suggestions you could adopt.
Making your own food is a great idea. It can be cooking, baking, smoking food or any other culinary creation where you can share ideas.
Gardening or any niche – Dr. Mansourian’s research project looked at the social benefits bonsai growers have received from connecting through social media.
Painting, drawing or creating any other art is suitable for all age groups.
Knitting, crocheting, quilting or other fabric or clothing creations – there are often many local groups dedicated to some of these activities.
Carpentry or metalworking are great ways to use your hands and create something useful or artistic. There are often local groups or guilds that bring people together around these.
Reading or writing – book clubs share their experiences after reading a story, while writers can help each other with comments and advice related to the creative process.
Music – listening to and learning about a particular genre or playing a new instrument can be engaging, interesting and rewarding.
Dance – just like music, it can also take many forms.
Fitness – whether it’s swimming, cycling, running, yoga, weights, tennis, squash or anything else, will be great for your body and mind when you engage with other fitness enthusiasts. same sport.
Restoring antiques – from toys to musical instruments to clothing to home furnishings requires passion, skill and provides another avenue for sharing knowledge among enthusiasts.
Games – via online platforms, these enthusiasts could be the most connected people in the world.