The Importance of Leisure Time
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Leisure is defined as freedom from the demands of work or duty. Everybody
needs leisure in their lives, to balance the stress of work and life. Leisure helps
re-energize and relax people, so they can perform activities well in their lives. People
use their free time (leisure time) in a variety of different ways; engaging in outdoor
activities, entertainment like watching movies or television, or just having time to
themselves.. Another activity people enjoy doing is just socializing with family and
friends. Leisure is an essential part of our lives, and the only problem with leisure is
when can we enjoy it? In our society we have a hard time finding time to relax and take
a break from our stressful lives.
The amount of leisure time a person has can be related to the type of person that
certain individual is. There are many factors in which you can take in account: age,
marital status, gender, families, etc. These factors figure into the certain stage of a
persons life. There are three stages, beginning, mid-career, and near-retirement. The
beginning stage involves people from the ages ranging from 19-30 years old. These
individuals are just beginning their careers and are striving to be successful. They spend
more time focusing on their job, trying to find ways to advance, and less time relaxing
and enjoying leisure time. They compensate their leisure time for their careers.
Mid-career stage includes individuals ranging from 30-50 years old. In this stage people
have been in their field for some years and are settled down with families. In this time of
their lives they will be looking for more leisure time, because they are going to want time
away from work and time to be with their families. They basically know what their
status is at their job and now find time to slow down and start focusing on other aspects
in their lives. They might do this by cutting back on the hours they work a week. The
near-retirement stage are individuals ranging from the ages of 50 and up. These people
are on the verge of retirement and are planning what to do with the rest of their lives.
After their careers are over they are going to have nothing but time on they hands. At this
point of there careers they are working lesser hours and responsibility at their job is
decreasing. This helps make the transition from working to retirement much easier.
I made a survey and issued it to three people who fall into the three stages. The
survey consisted of a variety of question like age, gender, occupation, wages, leisure
time, and activities. The first individual who took the survey fell into the beginning stage.
This person is a twenty one year old black male. He is a full time student at Illinois State
and workers part time as a life guard at a indoor pool. He is not married and has no
children. He works twenty plus hours a week and only makes $6.30 a hour. He...