Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Hobbies are activities including crafting, sporting, or gardening that are carried on not as a regular occupation, but primarily for pleasure—as a pastime. The sensibility of having or developing a hobby is relatively new. It emerged during the 17th century, and the word hobby is derived from the term hobby horse . A hobby horse is a toy horse's head attached to the end of a stick, but in relation to hobby , it denotes having a hobby horse (a comfortable pastime, or a vocation) that one rides for hours and hours. A hobby is a pastime that occupies one's time in pleasant way—it is an activity that suggests that there is leisure time. During the 16th century, hobbies were indulgences of the very affluent when the vast majority of people existed at a subsistence level and did not have time, nor surplus resources to develop hobbies. During the 17th ...