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Old 05-15-2010, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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By "hobbies", I mean things like photography, stamp collecting, bicycling, ham radio, geocaching, etc. - anything that isn't watching TV or movies, "hanging out with friends", etc. I think you get the idea.

My perception is that "hobbies" are most popular in the US, UK, and Northern Europe (as well as Australia and New Zealand), and among developed countries, least popular in southern Europe.
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Old 05-15-2010, 06:09 PM
 
Location: CT
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Wow, never really thought of this before, kinda interesting. Put Poland down as a country of hobbies. I remember all the stories my dad told me about stuff he did growing up and his parents too and his granparents. Same with my grandma. Definitely lots.
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Old 05-15-2010, 07:34 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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In every country people have some sort of hobbies...
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Old 05-15-2010, 07:39 PM
 
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The UK.
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Old 05-17-2010, 12:39 AM
 
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I want mention Poland as country of hobbies. I know a lot of stories about Poland stuff.
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Old 05-17-2010, 04:04 AM
 
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I know many people in France who live exclusively for their hobbies, in fact the "hobby culture" is so widespread here that sometimes people look at you strangely if you tell them you have no hobby, like a kind of retard, even!
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Old 05-17-2010, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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By "hobbies", I mean things like photography, stamp collecting, bicycling, ham radio, geocaching, etc. - anything that isn't watching TV or movies, "hanging out with friends", etc. I think you get the idea.

My perception is that "hobbies" are most popular in the US, UK, and Northern Europe (as well as Australia and New Zealand), and among developed countries, least popular in southern Europe.
I don't get the conception of this topic. People have such hobbies all over the world.

Maybe people of British origin are especially prone to devise such generalizations?

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Old 05-17-2010, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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I would say, generally speaking, a country where hobbies would tend to be less popular would be India. They are very work oriented and tend to think in the lines of "if it doesn't help your career or make you rich what is the point?"
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Old 05-18-2010, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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I don't get the conception of this topic. People have such hobbies all over the world.

Maybe people of British origin are especially prone to devise such generalizations?
What I mean are interests other than socializing, watching TV, etc. Basically, doing things for recreation that a large portion of the population does not do.

It seems like in some cultures (or at least their stereotypes), e.g. Italy and Spain, people in general are not so concerned with narrow "hobbies" but rather socializing with their friends, enjoying the small pleasures of life (eating), etc. These I do not consider "hobbies", since almost everybody does them.
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Old 05-18-2010, 10:25 AM
 
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What I mean are interests other than socializing, watching TV, etc. Basically, doing things for recreation that a large portion of the population does not do.

It seems like in some cultures (or at least their stereotypes), e.g. Italy and Spain, people in general are not so concerned with narrow "hobbies" but rather socializing with their friends, enjoying the small pleasures of life (eating), etc. These I do not consider "hobbies", since almost everybody does them.
I've lived in Portugal for eleven years off and on, and I have never known anyone who collected stamps, coins, made models of anything. When I sat down yesterday and asked a few Portuguese men I know about this; first, no one got the word "hobbies." Though they all speak English quite well, it was not a word they'd come across. I tried to define it and give examples.

This was the collective response: playing sports in your spare time (cycling clubs are popular) or learning to play music were what they came up with. When I mentioned collecting things, the answer was that this would a "rich mans" pastime. Two of the guys suggested that for those people who had a passion for salsa and kizomba, took lessons and went to the special dance nights at clubs this was a "hobby."

What may have made the discussion disjointed is that in English hobby is hobby, but in Portuguese the words were pastime, predilection, passion. When I got back home and looked in the standard, large dictionary there was no special word for "hobby", only those.
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