Why Do We Have Hobbies?

From Origin Of Everything.

Where did the concept of a hobby come from? And how did humans turn the things they do purely for fun into side hustles and competitions that actually pay the bills?

Written and Hosted by: Danielle Bainbridge
Produced by Complexly for PBS Digital Studios

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Origin of Everything is a show about the undertold histories and cultural dialogues that make up our collective story. From the food we eat, to the trivia and fun facts we can’t seem to get out of our heads, to the social issues we can’t stop debating, everything around us has a history. Origin of Everything is here to explore it all. We like to think that no topic is too small or too challenging to get started

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Hobbies: Leisure and the Culture of Work in America Steven M. Gelber
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https://www.history.com/shows/americas-secret-slang/videos/hobbies
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Gelber, S. M. (1991). A Job You Can’t Lose: Work and Hobbies in the Great Depression. Journal of Social History, 24(4), 741–766. https://doi.org/10.1353/jsh/24.4.741
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