Leisure Lines

REFLECTIONS from a practitioner and educator who served 44 years in the field of recreation and leisure services

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Characteristics of Recreation

  • Recreation occurs during leisure
  • Recreation is as different as people are different; it is extremely wide and varied
  • Recreation is activity; it is some sort of action as distinguished from rest
  • Recreation must be voluntary; it cannot be ordered, imposed, or forced
  • Recreation has no single form; it offers a variety of choices with endless possibilities
  • Recreation is flexible; it can be organized or unorganized; it can be enjoyed in a group or alone
  • Recreation to one individual may be work to another
  • Recreation involves an individual's attitude, motive, and incentive
  • Recreation may occur or not occur; a specific activity may be recreation for an individual at one time, but not at another time
  • Recreation is necessary in order for an individual to have balanced growth
  • Recreation and work are not the same thing; although an individual may be very happy in his job, it is not possible for that individual's work to be his recreation


  • At 1:35 AM, Blogger ilovelarry said…

    Great work Larry keep it up

  • At 3:02 PM, Blogger Solomon Ogbouma said…

    Dear Dr. Jackson.
    Pls i need some clarification on some pressing questions

    1. Is it possible for someone to engage in work and recreation at the same point in time?

    2. When a person is actively involved in work activities and also plays some music in the background to which he moves his mody in rhythm and fun, is that person recreating while working?
    Thank you for your time.

    I am Ogbouma Solomon
    A Lecturer in the Department of Human Kinetics and Sports Science
    University of Benin

  • At 12:46 PM, Blogger DrJ said…

    1. Most scholars agree that technically an individual is either working or recreating. However, work may be fun and enjoyable, or recreation at times may seem like work. The difference is, whether or not a person is OBLIGATED. In the purest sense, engagement in RECREATION is done in unobligated FREE TIME and is an activity done by CHOICE. For example, a person may be hoeing weeds in a garden with sweat falling to the soil, and it could be a very enjoyable recreation activity IF he chooses to do so.

    2. A person who is working but listening to music is enjoying his work. But he is WORKING because he is obligated to be in the work setting, and accountable to his supervisor.

    -- LJ

  • At 1:45 AM, Blogger Solomon Ogbouma said…

    Thank u very much for your response. You have laid the argument to rest.


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