Hobbies aren’t meant to be about following trends, they’re meant to be about doing something you love.
But then again, if your chosen pastime happens to tick both boxes and be the “big new thing of 2015”, then bingo (which, by the way, is not one of the big new things of 2015 – visits to bingo halls have reportedly fallen from 80 million in 2005, to around 43 million now).
So with that thought in mind, here’s a look ahead at what will be the most popular pastimes of next year.
Not only is it eternally practical, sewing is now also eternally fashionable. “2014 has been a great year for crafting, with programmes like The Great British Sewing Bee hitting the screens, the nation has been inspired,” says a spokesperson for Hobbycraft.
“The sewing trend is set to continue in 2015 with the third series of Sewing Bee airing in January and as a business we are really excited about its growth in popularity and look to back this up with some really great starter kits, in-store classes and some great deals.”
Saying knitting is popular is a bit like saying breathing is useful – it doesn’t even start to cover it. So how about saying knitting is going to get even more popular.
“We expect to see knitting rise [in 2015] with the popularity of the internet and online how-to guides,” says Hobbycraft. “We suspect more people will pick up their knitting and crochet needles as learning the tricks of the trade becomes easier to master.”
The internet might be helping knitters, but it’s not going to be helping Twitter next year – well, in the crafting sense anyway. “We predict that papercraft will see a spike with people getting back into scrapbooking and card-making,” Hobbycraft continues.
“2015 will see people step away from social media as the only way to store and showcase photos and memories, there are also some really great products such as the Cricut Explore hitting the market that make creating unique on-trend designs out of paper easier than ever.”
If you want a resolution you can stick to in 2015, peut-être you could decide to learn a new language? A report from language learning app Babbel has shown that more than 50% of people internationally who set out to learn new languages in January 2014 were still following their New Year’s resolutions come December.
“People have better odds of learning a new language than achieving other New Year’s resolutions like quitting smoking or being more athletic,” said a spokesperson. And that’s set to continue next year too: “For Americans in 2015, top resolutions are to learn Spanish (38.4%), French (28.2%) and Swedish (4.3%), while other countries surveyed largely plan to learn English (44%).”
Creating something digital
In September 2014 computing became a part of the National Curriculum taught in schools across England, with aspects of programming and computer science in lessons for all young people aged 6-14.
As such, Nesta, the UK's innovation foundation, says: “From apps to films, in 2015 every young person across the UK will make and share something digital. It might happen in the classroom, in a local workshop or even at home at the kitchen table, but in 2015 every young person will make and share something digital.
“Digital making will move beyond a niche interest for budding technologists and will become a means of expression for a vast range of hobbies and interests. It will shift from being a hobby in itself to the method of expression and creation.”
So perhaps a hobby more for the grandkids, but where the young lead, others soon follow…
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