Factors Influencing My Personal Leisure Choices
Various factors related to history, self image, media and culture have influenced my personal leisure choices. Historical factors include feminist movements, sexual revolution, workplace changes and civil rights. Feminist movements played a vital role in opening up spaces for both women and men to move beyond rigid gender, race, ethnic and class definitions of self that may tend to constrain personal leisure choices. Sexual revolution which took place in the 1960s brought about a wide set of choices in our lives, including opening chances for self fulfillment and growth which were previously denied especially to unmarried persons. Workplace changes, particularly improvement in technology, have created opportunity to combine work and leisure. Civil rights in US, which were set up in the 1960s, greatly changed the social roles of men and women and created numerous opportunities for people to engage in various leisure activities, which they couldn’t engage in before.
Factors related to self image which influence personal leisure choices include body image, gender, self confidence and self esteem. As a man, my body image and gender roles increase the list of leisure activities that I may choose from. My personal attributes such as self confidence and self esteem have either positive or negative impact on preferences to specific leisure activities. For instance, as a result of recollection of past negative socialization, I developed poor self
confidence and low self esteem in relation to playing rugby. ...
instance, as a result of recollection of past negative socialization, I developed poor self confidence and low self esteem in relation to playing rugby. Social expectations, stereotypes and media images are some of the media factors that influence personal leisure preferences. I prefer leisure activities which are positively evaluated in the media and which I am expected to participate in by the society. Also, prominent leisure images in the media increase popularity in mind, which increases chances of participation in them. Thus, social expectations, stereotypes and media images constrain my leisure choices. Cultural factors influencing personal leisure preferences include religion, race, ethnicity, family, political affiliation, age and occupation. My religion discourages some leisure activities such as gambling, which are deemed to contribute to immorality. I avoid participating in expensive leisure activities, which is typical of members of my race and ethnic group. My early exposure to specific leisure activities in my family and the fact that I am single affect my participation in my choice of leisure activities. As a youth, my body is active and thus, I am able to participate in leisure activities which old people may not. As a student, I prefer to choose leisure activities which are not very luxurious. Goals for Improving and Expanding Personal Leisure Choices I have several goals which will enable me to improve and expand my leisure choices. The first goal is to make my body more physically fit. I plan to achieve this through joining and becoming an active member of physical leisure activities such as playing football, swimming, and playing volleyball. Secondly, I plan to participate in more enjoyable and fulfilling leisure activities which will enhance my