- Not primary income source
- Open-ended activity
- Internal motivation
- Generally low barrier for entry
- Potentially social
I have synthesized these points into the following definition:
“hobby,” n. Draft 1. (9/1)
A hobby is a non-professional, open-ended activity done for fun. While hobbies involve an element of skill-building, the barrier for entry is typically low: any interested person with the capability to engage in a hobby may do so. To count as a hobby, an activity must be performed with some degree of regularity over a period of time. While not all hobbyists seek the company of other hobbyists, shared communities typically develop around the practice of hobbies.
A hobby is a non-professional, open-ended recreational activity performed regularly over a period time. While hobbies involve an element of skill-building, expertise is not a prerequisite for participation in a hobby.