Leisure and Human Development

Leisureand Human Development

Lastmonth I participated to a bird-watching tour and I discovered that Ihad indeed increased time when indulging in that particular leisureactivity. It got me to reflect on leisure activity and humandevelopment. I came to discover that a majority of people in theworld spend a significant portion of their personal time on leisureactivities. The general trend is that, most of the people typicallyprefer leisure to work. The amount of time allocated for leisureactivities has continued to increase over time. In the recent past,people have embraced leisure as a means of fulfilling their socialand economic needs. Thus, the amount of leisure, typically presents aparticular framework that, in turn, offers deep insight intoindividual development and contemporary change. In addition, thehallmark of most leisure activities has continually been interpretedby evolving technology (Kleiber and McGuire 2). This means technologyplays an important function of recreational activities and humandevelopment.

Thereare enlightenment ideas on human development and freedom, whichcontribute heavily on the positive view or perception of leisuretime. There is a general trend that suggests that time allocated forleisure activities continue to increase over the years. This ismostly as a result of the numerous gains brought about by technologydevelopment. This essentially means that most individuals haveincreased money and time. It is also worth noting that most leisureactivities such as watching films or television or taking a flightare mainly influenced by innovations brought about by technology.

Towards the end of the 19th century, individuals interested inhygiene, industrial safety promotions or workers’ welfare, were themain instigators of leisure activities (Kleiber and McGuire 2). Thatconsequently, led to the development of conferences that focused onsocial policy, such as the one held in 1892. However, during the sameperiod, education was seen to be more important as compared toleisure activities. For this reason, they laid emphasize on attendinglectures, book collection, sport, works outings and company festivalsas some examples of leisure activities.

Variouslabor organizations began taking the issue of workers’ leisure timeas a top responsibility. Balancing workers’ work with leisure wasseen as an important factor that increased workers’ efficiency intheir workstations (Kleiber and McGuire 2). This was an economic viewpoint of leisure time in human development that led toimplementations that sought to balance workers’ work-time and theirleisure time. This led to the reduction in the amount of time thatworkers spent during their working hours. In addition,recommendations also included having fair wages and leisure-timeactivities for workers.

Thefollowing period was highly characterized by societies that hadembedded the issue of leisure firmly in their lives. There were largepopulations that were attracted to becoming audiences in exhibitions.It was in such exhibitions where leisure was regarded as a greatsocial activity (Kleiber and McGuire 2). They contributed highly toviewing physical activities such as sports from different. Inaddition, there was increased competition between individualsparticipating in leisure activities on different or similar themes.Today, leisure activities have broadened into many activities thatrange from entertainment, educational tours such as in museums andliterature activities. And like bird-watching, which is my favoriteleisure activity.


KleiberA D &amp McGuire A. F. Leisureand Human.Urbana. Sagamore Publishing.