As technology has advanced and leisure time has developed into a necessity, hobbies have become increasingly important and diverse. Still, there are some hobbies that we wouldn’t expect individuals in their twenties to partake in especially when many of them were once loved by their elders. So today I thought I’d explore some of these pastimes to see why they are so popular.
One of the most surprising hobbies that has been experiencing a renaissance over the past few years, courtesy of millennials, is online bingo. Whilst older generations would come together to play on a weekly, face-to-face basis, millions of people now play this incredibly popular game on the Internet. Online bingo is accessible, social and requires no learning curving so really it is no surprise that younger people are getting involved. Plus, the game has managed to keep up with the times and has some highly developed tech. In fact, sites like mFortune focus heavily on mobile bingo by creating individual apps for each of their games. This means that players can download mFortune bingo games from the App Store and play on the move without having to work with finicky browsers or drain their data.
Chances are, if you were raised in an Italian family or a place with a large amount of Italian influence then you may remember local parks with areas dedicated entirely to shuffleboard. These areas were probably also packed with coffee drinkers and cigar smokers of an older variety who came together to play. These days though, shuffleboard is more of an inside game as many bars and other establishments have replaced cliché pool tables and dart boards with a shuffleboard. One of the first ever shuffleboard bars is situated in Brooklyn – the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club. When asked why shuffleboard has become so popular with people in their twenties, co-founder Ashley Albert said, “there’s something that’s a little jokey and wholesome and old-fashioned” about the pastime.
Another hobby that was once reserved for older people but is now being embraced by the millennials of America is knitting. Still, like with bingo knitting has had a 21st century makeover and has a surprisingly modern edge. You see, there’s a new phenomenon called Knitflixing, or as it’s occasionally known Netflix-and-Knit. Don’t worry, this has very little to do with getting together with someone else to, err, watch TV and cuddle. In fact, you don’t even have to spend time with anyone else when you’re Knitflixing. Thousands of people now knit whilst streaming their favourite shows and movies on Netflix, then share their creations on social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest using hashtags like #KnitFlix. Sounds pretty fun right?
Perhaps what is most surprising about these hobbies that people in their twenties are embracing is the fact they have been popular in the past. Bingo, knitting and shuffleboard are all beloved pastimes amongst older generations, so perhaps hobbies move in and out of popular culture like fashion and hairstyles tend to. That is, they come back around every few decades and are adopted by a whole new age group of people. Regardless of why these hobbies are embraced though, they have to be a lot of fun so you may want to try them out!
This post was written by Zoe Milles.