People Break Down Which Once Popular Hobbies Are Now Dying Out
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Despite the advancement of technology rendering people left to their own devices–literally–to entertain them, there are some leisurely activities that will never go out of style.


Or so you would think.

Do people still knit to pass the time? Are people actively collecting stamps?

It depends on who's asking.

Curious to hear about hobby trends, Redditor gizehgizeh asked:

"What are once popular hobbies that are slowly dying these days?"

Before we've become conditioned to living on our phones, these activities used to keep people occupied.

Before Texting, There Was This

"Letter writing."

– littlekingMT

Literal And Tangible Joy

"Well the internet killed pen pals for sure. I do remember I had a Japanese girl for a penpal maybe back in 2007 or so. I honestly don't remember how it started, pretty sure some website, but that was a fun experience. But now I can just straight up talk to foreign people real time, lol. But yea getting a physical letter that someone took the time to write and mail still is hard to beat feelings wise."

– skyburnsred

Model Trains

"When I was growing up, every town had a model train store in it. Now I have one in region and everything else has to be bought online."

– Hairy_Effective1172

Pretty Rocks

"Don’t see anyone playing marbles anymore, I had an awesome collection in school."

– sheeple85

"I had some marbles as a kid in the 90s. My grandma got them for me and I had no idea what I was supposed to do with them. I always imagined them as a thing kids in the 40s played with."

– Ryoukugan

People Were Moving Canvases

"Paintball has been dying a slow death since 2006. Sad, really."

– hobo_recycler

Before the general population began hating clutter, collecting was once a "thing."

Precious Coins

"Coin collecting... I'm a silver/gold nut and I'm always hunting for precious metal coins. whenever I go into a shop they get all excited because 'no one under 70 collects coins anymore.'"

– ThatFishySmell99

Post It

"Stamp collecting."

– spooky_scully_mulder

"Collecting in general, really. Of course there are still prominent collectors but it's slipped more into enthusiast and niche territory than being a popular hobby that you might expect anyone to have."

– iuytrefdgh436yujhe2

What A Gem

"Rockhounding was immensely popular back in the 1950's and 1960's. Personally, I think it's a fascinating and fulfilling hobby, but when I go to a meeting at a rock and gem club, I'm usually the youngest one in the room by several decades."

– filthy_lucre

People once enjoyed making things.

Admiring The View

"Stained glass. I learned how to make it from my old man, and my junior high art class teacher also taught it. Very few artisans are still around."

– brobeanzhitler

Metal Vocation

"Black smithing."

– kenworth117

"I bought a forge to try. It’s insanely hard work, and crazy expensive. I still haven’t finished a piece."

– DSentvalue

Scrapbooking

"Yeah. I'm watching the arts and crafts stores around me completely uninstalling their racks for specialty paper. Now the only thing they have is mega packs of repeating colors/images. To boot all the inclusions like papercraft/die-cut things, washi tape, scissors, stickers, etc have gotten so expensive I would rather go buy $5 bags at value village to get an assortment of things versus buying anything new. I really, really miss yard sales for the same reasons."

– Phantasmai

I envy people who have jobs that are basically their hobbies.

Not everyone gets paid doing what they actually enjoy and have a profound level of passion for.

If they do, kudos to them.

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