Leisure activities in the UK

Szabo Gabor By Szabo Gabor, 17th Sep 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1tgjq2p-/
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People in our part of the world may think the British have odd ideas about what they should do with their leisure time. They have seen so many caricatures of the average ‘Brit’. Is it really true or only a silly stereotype?

Strong stereotypes

Drunken football fans – ‘larger louts’ – appear on TV screens worldwide almost every week during the football season. Young people come to our cities and make fools of themselves in the pubs and night clubs. You may wonder if they are really typical examples of average British youth. Just look on the Internet and you will find some interesting information. I summary what I have found.

Doing sports

Unlike in many countries, young people do not take part in sport activities very much in the UK. Government statics show that the British spend on average only 15 minutes a day doing sports. And contrary to what you might think, young people don’t participate in sport more than older people. The average time spent doing sport, playing games or going swimming or hiking doesn’t change much with age.

TV and shopping

If they are not sporty, what does the average UK citizen do in his or her free time? The answer might surprise you. He or she watches TV. Statistics show that British people watch TV between two and three hours daily and men watch more than women. The other great British hobby, especially among women, is shopping. Every Saturday afternoon, you can spot her, the great British housewife, dragging a reluctant partner round the supermarkets and department stores. In the past, he would have gone to see his local football team, but wives no longer put up with that sort of thing nowadays.

Usual hobbies

People do have normal hobbies, of course. If we look at household expenditure statistics we can see that gardening and photography are still popular. In spite of TV, young people still go to the cinema, but very few people visit museums or art galleries. Magazines and newspapers are read a lot, too. But more often than not, the average British person with some free time stretches out a hand for the TV remove control.


Activities, Free Time, Shopping, Spare Time, Sports, Stereotypes, The British

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I like reading, writing and sharing interesting articles. My favourite topics: environment, animals, plants, science, technology, useful tips and mysteries. Now I’m learning natural science at the university.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
18th Sep 2010 (#)

I thought all Brits did was sit in the pub... place bets at the bookies and watch Coronation street.

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author avatar Judy Ann
18th Sep 2010 (#)

Excellent article, very interesting!

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author avatar Robert
1st Mar 2011 (#)

eat a begle

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author avatar Pepita
25th Jan 2012 (#)

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25th Jan 2012 (#)

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author avatar Jaime
25th Jan 2012 (#)

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25th Jan 2012 (#)

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25th Jan 2012 (#)

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author avatar Spence
23rd Apr 2013 (#)

Interesting article! I enjoy seeing some of the stereotypes broken up. Certainly there are a lot of more things to do in your spare time. Web communities like www.uolala.com/uk proove that not everybody is interested in futball. People like to do all kinds of activities.

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