Updated: Oct 12, 2018
Welcome to my blog for Shaw Lifestyle – here you’ll find me generally rambling about the following…
Importance of Social Engagement
Shaw Lifestyle event recaps
New recipes that I’ve tried
My love of plants (all of my plants have names)
… and finally my love of animals (dogs in particular)
You'll find me posting pictures of pups - they always make me smile; thus, I gotta spread the joy.
Today I’ll be talking about an interesting piece of writing I came across: “The Lost Art of Cheap Recreation”. Naturally, I was immediately curious about this article just from the title. As a good chunk of my job revolves around this… and let me tell you – it was on par with my own premonitions about cheap recreation.
Essentially, it summarized that people, have forgotten how to enjoy each other’s company without paying a high fee – aka well-structured, paid events. Think concerts, festivals, sports games, the list could go on. They actually went even further and broke in down into some numbers…
The amount of time spent attending or hosting social events has declined by 30%
Simultaneously, the time spent attending/participating in sports, culture and arts-related events has stayed the same
That being said, even though were spending the same amount of time in recreational activities, the amount of money spent on leisurely pursuits have increased by 30% over the last few decades!
So, let’s just throw some numbers out there…In 2011 Nova Scotia’s median household income was $66,030.00; for this exercise I’m just going to follow what this chart says we “should” be spending on recreation (which is about 5-10% of your income). I’m going to go with the latter, 10%, because in all honesty we probably spend a little more.
2011: 10% X $66,030.00 = $6603.00
2015: 13%(30% increase) X $73,900.00 = $9,607.00
That is almost $10,000 a year, per household! TEN THOUSAND! Wild. Now, all of the above data is technically stemmed from our fellow American neighbours; but, ask yourself this question - can you name 5 times in the last 3 months that you didn’t spend money on a leisurely or recreation activity?
I know for one that I definitely can’t name five… And just to be clear I’m not talking “watching a movie on the couch Friday night with your fam or S.O.”. I’m talking real, social engagement with people outside of your inner circle*. I think you might be surprised to find out how many of you haven’t. I know, I know, you’re probably thinking to yourself…
“My schedule is too busy” “I don’t have the time” “It’s too much effort to make plans” “I don’t like hosting” “It’s easier going to paid events”
“It’s hard to get a group together**”
Well I’m here to tell you that’s where Shaw Lifestyle comes in! My job is to create those opportunities for you. You literally don’t have to think about anything other than participating. This type of recreation won’t cost you; you just have to decide if you want to be there. How great is that? Pretty fabulous if you ask me! ;)
Have any comments, questions, or just want to reach out? Comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
*inner circle = family members and/or close friends
**I have another interesting article about the importance of casual, social engagement – but, we’ll save that for another time