The Difference Between Active and Passive Hobbies

A person painting as a hobby

All hobbies are not created equal, active hobbies are the most rewarding. When you practice an active hobby you make something unique and learn valuable skills. Some examples,

  • Writing
  • Talking to girls
  • Learning a language
  • Jiu Jitsu
  • Playing the guitar
  • Painting
  • Etc.

These hobbies allow you to be creative and bring something new into the world. They also force you to grow. Along the path to mastery you’ll encounter many ups and downs. Working through these obstacles is difficult but they teach perseverance, determination and dedication.

Also, becoming good at an active hobby can get you laid. The stereotyped guitar player, painter or surfer are all good examples. Maybe Jiu Jitsu and writing not so much, but there’s still certainly potential.

Passive Hobbies

On the other hand we have passive hobbies. Some examples,

  • Watching television
  • Playing video games
  • Fantasy sports
  • Etc.

When you do these things you’re not contributing to society. You’re spending your time in someone’s else’s world . This prevents full creativity and restricts the potential rewards. Most guys recognize that girls aren’t lining up to sleep with someone who’s mastered the elusive art of watching television.

A difficult video game may inspire you with a sliver of perseverance and discipline. However, it’s going to be 2% of the benefit that you would get from talking to 10 women a day for a week. You can learn from a television program but you could have learned the same thing from 8 minutes of reading. In 9 out of 10 cases there’s no favorable comparison between an active and a passive hobby.

How are you spending your time?

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