Yes, it may sound crazy but we recently had a discussion at Hobby Society HQ that posed the question, “what is a hobby?”

Now as Sydney’s one-stop-shop for hobbies, you may think we should represent the definitive answer on the topic therefore challenge accepted. As we discovered, defining what a hobby is proved interesting!

Definition of a Hobby?

Google dictionary: “an activity done regularly in one’s leisure time for pleasure.” (or a small horse or pony!)

From a blog: “a pursuit outside one’s regular occupation engaged in especially for relaxation”

What’s the difference between a hobby and an interest?

The above definitions of a hobby posed a grey area for yours truly, in that there is no clear distinction between those definitions and the below meaning for an “interest:

Google dictionary: “the feeling of wanting to know or learn about something or someone” or “an activity or subject which one enjoys doing or studying.”

Personally, I feel I lack in the hobby department (I fortunately work for the right people now) but conversely have many interests. For example, I like Soccer and consume much around the sport including podcasts, fan media, journalism & attend matches but no longer physically play myself.

In my example, I both want to learn about/enjoy what I consume as well as doing so outside of my occupation in my leisure time for relaxation but I disagree that it’s a hobby.

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What’s the difference between a hobby and a passion?

To confuse matters, someone decided to bring in the idea of a passion. With the can of worms open, we looked up the definition of a passion:

Back to Google: “an intense desire or enthusiasm for something” or “a thing arousing great enthusiasm.”

Back to my previous example, I would say based on this definition I am also passionate about Soccer and I agree with this, as this brings in the element of emotion.

So, what is a hobby to us?

As it stands, I have an interest in Soccer, which is a passion and according to the definition also a hobby but as previously mentioned I disagree.

Where does this leave us? Essentially, we agreed with the definitions for an interest and a passion, which naturally are prerequisites for a hobby. However, we felt that the definition of a hobby did not go far enough, so here’s goes head on the block time:

Hobby Society’s definition of a hobby:

“A hobby is a physical activity, such as pottery, that is undertaken for pleasure in one’s free time and not just a complimentary interest or passion, such as just reading about pottery or exploring design fairs.”

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