RT Cunningham


Popular Hobbies in 2015 - Not a Top 10 List

sunset fishing - hobbies Hobbies are time-consuming (non-work) activities and most people have one or more. Some hobbies are more popular than others but if you think about it, anything can become a hobby. Before he got too old, my father’s hobby was fishing. He didn’t fish for the sake of catching fish. He fished for the sake of fishing. And so it goes with many hobbies. There are hobbies that cost almost nothing to keep up and then there are hobbies that can cost a small fortune to pursue. It all depends on how passionate or obsessed the person is about it.

I’m not going to give you a numbered list. Where a hobby sits on a list depends entirely on responses to various surveys. Surveys like this will differ from place to place and from climate to climate. No, I just want to briefly touch on some of the popular hobbies of 2015 and in no particular order.


Although my father liked fishing as a hobby, I did not. I did my fair share of fishing when I was a teenager (before joining the military) but it was because I wanted to eat fish. My parents didn’t buy fish because fish was more expensive than whatever they bought for nine children. I did everything but cook the fish I caught and I ate a lot of fish when I lived in Hawaii the first time (1974-1977). I didn’t eat much the second time, when I was stationed there.

Social Networking

Most of the lists I’ve looked at put social networking in the low top 10. Maybe that’s where it belonged a few years ago, but I’d place it at number one today. People have their faces pointed at mobile phones and tablets all over the place, even when they’re supposed to be shopping in some mall.

I’ve given up on most social networking services. I spend most of my time (which is usually less than an hour a day) on Facebook.

Collecting Hobbies

Collecting hobbies include coin and stamp collecting along with all kinds of things people like to collect. Men are more likely to be collectors than women, but some women collect things as well. The things they collect are usually far different from what men collect. Like cooking recipes.

I collected coins until it became too expensive for me to continue pursuing it. I started before I got married in 1985 and I stopped within two years of getting married.

Other Hobbies

I don’t feel like writing a mini-novel about the popular hobbies of 2015. Here’s a short list:

You can find a huge list of hobbies (and it’s only a partial list) at Wikipedia. You should take a few minutes to check it out and maybe turn a hobby idea into something more.

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By RT Cunningham
August 16, 2015
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