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Recreation and Leisure Studies
REC 100
Diana Parry

Leisure & Pop Culture- Recreation and Leisure Studies “Popular culture is to leisure what the Chevy and Ford are to the automobile industry, what ABC and NBC are to drama, and what hamburgers are to cuisine. It’s what most people do most of the time” (Kelly, 1996, p. 260) It’s what people are doing now How much are YOU influenced by pop culture? Categories of Popular Culture Printed Media Visual Media Auditory Media Printed Media Reading is claimed to be the most valued nonsocial leisure activity among adults More than any other leisure activity, reading is done alone Decline in newspaper reading  More and more people are getting their news from other sources (mainly internet) Time spent reading books, magazines, and other materials has risen slightly Time diary data - 3 hrs/wk Differences Across Background Factors - Reading Gender differences  Women tend to read more than men Age  As we get older, we tend to read more Education and income  As education and income levels go up, so too does reading level Marriage and children (at home)  Reading levels go down when people are married or have kids (b/c they are busy and have other people around they can talk to)  Reading a newspaper alone is a luxury (you don’t get to do it as much as you’d like) Book sales continue to rise  Oprah has been credited with the increase in book sales via her book club  By picking out specific books to read (takes away intimidation of so many books to choose from) Growth in major book store chains Purchasing books is a leisure activity Why do people read?  Relaxation  Education  Escape Newspapers (relationship to education) Magazines - more diverse selection than ever before 15-24 year olds: Reading vs TV  On avg. 2010: 11.4 hr/wk on TV, 1.1 hr/wk on reading Visual Media - TV TV often considered the “Center of popular culture”  Because of the time people spend on it and b/c of the significant impact it has on our society o Ex. moon landing, 9/11, weather/natural disasters o Gives us information and brings us together; informs us and keeps us up to date Significant impact on society Passive, relaxing, low-concentration activity  “go-to” activity at the end of the day due to accessibility and doesn’t require much activity Resources needed for television viewing  In this day and age, a lot of things are required for a TV, which is changing the nature of the TV and the role it plays in our society What Canadians think about….Television (2005) 53% Canadians say they are watching less TV than 5 years ago Why? – b/c there are other things they want to do to fill their time; there’s nothing on TV
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