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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 It’s what most people do most of the time” (Kelly, 1996, p. 260) • This is dated, like the Chevy & Ford, and TV programs, its definitely changed  It’s what people are doing now  How much are YOU influenced by pop culture? • Quiz! Categories of Popular Culture : Change happens in all of thee categories very quickly  Printed Media  Visual Media  Auditory Media Printed Media  Reading is claimed to be the most valued nonsocial leisure activity among adults • Book Clubs exception • Reading to your child  More than any other leisure activity, reading is done alone  Decline in newspaper reading  Time spent reading books, magazines, and other materials has risen slightly  Time diary data - 3 hrs/wk • Challenging to study Differences Across Background Factors - Reading  Gender differences •Women tend to read more than men  Age Reading goes up with age •  Education and income •With Education and income your reading goes up  Marriage and children (at home) • Reading rates go down • This is often linked to people pulled in different directions with kids.  Book sales continue to rise • Books continuing to rise • Oprah has been in part for the rise of book sales •Her book club that she started on her show  Growth in major book store chains • Making more books more accessible than ever before • Increased number of books being sold too  Purchasing books is a leisure activity • Chapters/starbucks • Love buying the “whole package”  Why do people read? 1.1. Escape 1.2. Interest/Education 1.3. Relax  Newspapers (relationship to education) • linked to education, and that the higher people are up in their education the more likely they are to read a newspaper  Magazines - more diverse selection than ever before • more diverse selection than ever before  15-24 year olds: Reading vs TV • We watch on average 11.4 hours of tv a week • Average of about 1.1 hours of reading Visual Media - TV  TV often considered the “Center of popular culture” • Brings us together and keeps us informed  Significant impact on society • Hurricane Sandy • The Olympics  Passive, relaxing, low-concentration activity • Because of the nature of today, scholars argue that watching tv isn’t a real leisure pursuit • Because its their and accessible, that its not the thing that they are most intrinsically motivating activity  Resources needed for television viewing • FlatScreen Tvs, media rooms, • Technological aspects, a lot of social change!  What Canadians think about….Television (2005)  53 % ofCanadians say they are watching less TV than 5 years ago  Why? • Other things that they want to do, things that fill their time • Nothing on that interests them  Reasons for watching television • Education • Informed  American TV Habits  How much time? 3 hours per day  30-4% of their free time  Entertainment more than informational  Latest television craze? • How quickly pop culture changes when put in tv shows Top 3 TV shows in Canada: 1. Big Bang Theory 2. Two and a half Men 3. Amazing Race 4. NCIS 5. NCIS LosAngeles 6. Survivor 7. Criminal Minds 9. Dancing with the Stars 10. CSI These change very quickly like daily/weekly Differences Across Background Fact
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