Commercialization of leisure today


This refers to a situation where the leisure makers aim at making money out of the activities. The public is expected to pay some money before having access to the leisure activities being produced. Examples of some leisure activities being paid for include watching drama in a theatre and watching live performance by musicians among others.

Disadvantages of Commercialized Leisure

1.   Commercialization of leisure creates social classes in the community. The rich people may only associate among themselves during leisure. In the same way, the poor have a different set of leisure activities. This is a threat to unity in the community.

2.   Commercialization of leisure limits the choices of the people. People' become restricted to a few leisure activities which are not highly priced or which are totally free.

3.   Many people tend to resort to gambling as a result of the leisure being commercialized. They may play some games in order to earn some money such that they gain access to a better leisure activity.

4.   Commercialization of leisure may lead to poverty among the people. This is because the little income that could have been saved is used up to access leisure.

5.   Commercialized leisure may lead, to idleness. Because of being expensive, many people may be forced to be redundant after their daily activities. This may: give such people the chance to think of evil things.

6.   Some people are denied the chance of developing their talents. This is because some leisure makers are also required to pay some fee before they entertain others,

7.   Other people may be forced to engage in prostitution because of commercialized leisure. This may be because of the desire to get the money necessary for the leisure activities.

8.   Commercialized leisure is ruining education today. Some students may prefer going to look for money instead of revising books or going to school.

9.   Some people tend to neglect their families because of leisure being commercialized. This may be caused by either the desire to entertain others aimed at getting money or going for leisure alone.

10. Commercialized leisure may lead to stealing or robbery. This is common among some youth, who are driven into such acts because of the love to enjoy leisure,

11. Some people have lost their creativity because of leisure being commercialized. The viewers may be rendered helpless to think on their own as they simply receive whatever is being passed on to them.

12. Commercialized leisure tends to bring a lot of violence. Some people may fight because of being denied to have access, losing in a competition and many others.

13. Commercialized leisure may lead an individual to neglect his or her faith. Some people even work with the aim of getting money at the time they are to be worshipping like on Sunday.

14. Commercialized leisure may be blamed for the strip or nude dancing commonly known as "Ebimansulo" in Luganda. As a result of this, there is a lot of social disorder like family breakages.

Abuse (misuse) of leisure

The abuse or misuse of leisure refers to the various ways through which an individual's free time is used in a wrong or bad way according to a given society. In such a case, the leisure is used in a way that may not benefit the leisure maker and the general public. Examples of leisure abuse in Uganda include the following.

1.   Leisure is being abused through alcoholism. In this case, the excessive drinking of alcohol becomes a daily business at the expense of other more productive activities.

2.   Smoking is another leisure abuse today. Many people are found of smoking plants such as tobacco and opium during their free time. This has got little benefit if not none to the smokers and the community.

3.   Some people are abusing leisure by gambling. They participate in playing games for money without having any knowledge of the outcome. Such games are not only permanent but they are also against the laws and some Christian teachings. As a Christian, one is expected to work but not to gamble.

4.   Leisure is being misused today by participating and watching strip dancing commonly known as "Ekimansulo" in Luganda. This is a show involving exposing of private parts. This negatively affects the morality of the people.

5.   Some people abuse leisure through rumour mongering. Such individuals are found or spreading unofficial stories or piece of news. This may disrupt the much-desired good relationship among the people.

6.   Other people misuse leisure by roaming in the streets. Such people move up and down in the streets without any reason during their free time. This may force them commit some crimes either knowingly or unknowingly.

7.   Leisure is being misused by just sitting in an idle way. People under this category simply sit without doing anything during their free time. It is during this idleness that an individual may think of and commit some crimes with the false belief of being occupied.

8.   Some people abuse leisure by engaging in obscene talks. This is a common practice among the young 6nes that may lead to moral degeneration.

9.   Leisure is being misused by working continuously even at the time one is to have some rest. This causes inefficiency in work.

10. Some people misuse leisure by engaging in seduction. This is a common practice by men. In such cases they tend to take and persuade girls or women into sexual relations instead of doing constructive activities.

11. Some people also misuse leisure by engaging in pick pocketing. This is a common practice among gang stars that have made it a, business to steal money from other people especially along the streets.

12. Other people engage in prostitution at the time they are free from work. This is an abuse of leisure because it is not only harmful to the individuals but also causes misunderstandings among people.

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