Technology Influence on Recreation and Leisure Time
Leisure time can be spent in any manner one chooses, and with the amazing technological advances of the last century, almost any activity you might think of can be turned into reality. Actually, if we take a look at the bigger picture, almost all aspects of our lives are nowadays linked in some form or another to technology.
Computers, TV sets and mobile phones are now present in any household, so the equipment people use for recreational activities has also changed. Regardless of whether we use them for work-related or recreational activities, the impact of technology on the way our days unfold cannot be ignored. There are leisure activities that can now be done while sitting in a sofa at home, like gambling, which is now available online from any desktop or mobile device. You can even start a game at home on your PC, pause it, and then pick up where you left off when you’re on the move on your mobile phone. Isn’t that amazing?
The industrial revolution and the advent of the internet in the early ‘90s brought about a tremendous technological boom that stretched up to today, and enhancements are still being made every day, enhancements that change how we experience our favorite recreational activities.
The consensus among population is that technology has enhanced the quality of leisure, as it made possible for people to communicate faster, to connect to remote areas more easily and it brought along all kinds of new pieces of equipment people use for fun activities, like gaming consoles, exercising machines, virtual reality headsets, and so on.
Let’s look at the outdoor recreational activities, for example. Activities such as hiking, camping, surfing, skiing and others have been tremendously influenced by technology in positive ways.
Technology has transformed outdoor recreational activities such as hiking, mountain biking, skiing, surfing, and camping, and several areas have been affected: access and transportation, safety, information and communication. New equipment like signaling devices and protective gear definitely help improve these outdoor activities. Similarly, travel apps like Google Maps, HereWeGo Maps and MapFactor which offer basic navigation, GPS features and turn-by-turn directions help even the most uninitiated of travellers. There are also useful apps you can use in case of emergencies, such as SirenGPS, Disaster Alert and others.
Moreover, the internet has made it easier for people to find information about hiking trails, riding trails, campsites, and other recreational activities in other cities or states than the ones they live in and book their next holiday from the comfort of their home.
Equipment for a lot of recreational activities has also been improved thanks to technological advances. Technology basically made it better and brought it to today’s standards so that it can be used safely. We’re talking about equipment such as ATVs, snowmobiles, boats, jet skies and so on.
Even extreme sports that are definitely dangerous but appeal to many due to their adventure degree have now become safer to practice and more accommodating thanks to technology.
We’re looking here at activities such as archery, parachuting, scuba diving, skydiving, skateboarding, bungee jumping, off-road driving, and hunting. Skateboarders and snowboarders, for example, are now able to see their mid-air rotations more clearly thanks to high-definition video, which allows them to adapt and improve their techniques and learn new moves.
Besides making these sports safer with better suits and equipment, technology also allowed athletes to reach realms never thought possible before – think of Felix Baumgartner’s supersonic freefall from space.
All in all, technology has brought pretty good things to the way we spend our free time and the way we involve into our favorite leisure activities.