The speed of technological change in recent years has been staggering. Almost every aspect of our lives has been touched in the move towards a brighter future.
Among the areas that have been affected by our growing use of technology is that of hobbies. In what ways have these been changed and what does the future hold for them?
Cooking is now all about tech
Not so long ago, cooking was a fairly rustic experience that hadn’t changed greatly in generations. The first big difference is that it is now so easy to find a massive range of varied recipes online. This means that anyone anywhere can try exotic recipes such as seafood tajine from Morocco or coconut curried shrimp from Thailand.
More smart kitchen appliances that are connected to mobile devices, and even cooking robots are among the predictions for the kitchens of the future. The food we cook with is also now increasingly influenced by technology, with gene-editing, the blockchain, and drones all likely to have an impact in the near future.
Online casino games with live dealers
The world’s first casino is said to have been the Ridotto, which opened its doors in Venice in 1638. There followed several centuries in which the games evolved but the overall experience and setting remained virtually the same as in the very early days. This all changed when the first online casino was launched in the mid-1900s.
Since then, new innovations have revolutionized the industry. For example, live roulette at William Hill brings together the latest technology, a human dealer, and traditional betting options. This combination perhaps gives us a glimpse of the future of gaming.
Working out with technology
Exercising is another popular hobby that has been transformed lately. From being something that involved little or no technology, it has become an activity that makes good use of cutting-edge technology.
It is common for people to work out using fitness trackers such as the various Fitbit or Garmin models. Many smartwatches. such as the Apple Watch, also offer monitoring and analysis tools. Other health and fitness gadgets include sports recovery wearables and blood pressure monitors. With staying fit now such a huge, global industry, we can expect to see far more innovative products launched.
Traditional television is losing appeal
Watching television has long been a favorite pastime for a huge percentage of the population. 14% of the global population watched Neil Armstrong’s small step, while two billion people switched on to see Prince Charles marrying Diana on the small screen. Yet, 2016 figures from Zenith show that an average of only 170 minutes per day was dedicated to watching TV, with 140 minutes to internet use.
These days, YouTube, on-demand streaming, social media, and smartphone use severely limit the time spent watching TV in the old-fashioned way. There have been several new companies launching new types of content viewing experiences as well, such as Nosey and Pluto TV. It seems likely that we continue to explore new ways of enjoying on-screen entertainment. However, watching television is beginning to increasingly appear to be an outdated approach to a growing number of people.
Many of our hobbies have evolved almost beyond recognition in the recent past. It seems likely that new technology will continue to dominate our leisure time and change how we get enjoyment out of our days.