I have a lot of hobbies, and while I do enjoy them, I have to admit that they are pretty lonely. A good example is programming, it's a very isolating hobby. No one outside of the hobby will understand what you accomplished or what you did. If you make a game, most people are only going to notice the art, graphics or sound, but almost no one will talk about how good the performance (or code) is. That is not to say I feel entitled to praise, but it's what adds to how isolating it is.
What made me think of this today was because my father was going to a concert and asked if I wanted to go. I said no because:
- I don't like loud environments.
- I don't like metal.
Obviously he was a bit dissapointed and said that one day we'll find something we can do together. And it got me thinking about how nearly all my hobbies are entirely isolating and lonely. A list of my hobbies that are pretty lonely are:
It's not an uncommon hobby, but I find the community outside of actually making the music is very asocial.
Most programming communities are pretty big, and are extremely social. It's mostly in-person social that lacking. Where I live there's barely any programmers. I'd have to attend a FOSS conference or something.
Single Player Video Games:
They're very social, atleast when you do text chatting. But I find a lot of people in the FOSS community don't like voice calls oddly enough. That reason always been my go to explanation for while many FOSS Messengers are lacking in voice calling.
I think next year, i'm going to start attending more local events and finding more non-technical hobbies, hopefully this makes my life a little less lonely.