Leisure vs. recreation – Forest Park Review

Robert Roffulo

We’ve been taught the importance of developing a strong work ethic since we were kids. I only recently learned about the need to develop a leisure ethic. There’s a difference between leisure and recreation. Leisure is lying on the beach. Recreation is getting up to play Frisbee. I learned about […]

We’ve been taught the importance of developing a strong work ethic since we were kids. I only recently learned about the need to develop a leisure ethic. There’s a difference between leisure and recreation. Leisure is lying on the beach. Recreation is getting up to play Frisbee.

I learned about the leisure ethic in an eye-opening article titled, “I studied people who think leisure is a waste of time, here’s what I found,” by Ohio State Professor Selin Malkoc. She is a native of Turkey and finds the need of Americans to constantly “do stuff” to be troubling.

She surveyed over 100 students to get their views on leisure. She found that those who saw leisure as a waste of time derived less enjoyment from leisure activities than those who found it important. They were also more likely to be “stressed, anxious and depressed.” 

Leisure vs. recreation

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