As I have mentioned previously, I recently started taking an Improv class through Theatre Cedar Rapids. It's been a great way to get out of the house, meet new people, and learn a new hobby, which is also giving me new skills for my job. It's been a total win-win.

But, check out the first three items again on the above list of reasons why I signed up. Whatever happened to old-school hobbies that get us out of the house and away from our screens, whether it be the television, computer or our phone? I realized I was too guilty of this myself.

A new survey was done citing the top "old-school" hobbies that have been dying out more and more in recent years. Brick and mortar retail giants, including toy stores are dying, and apparently, purchasing them through Amazon isn't even helping. Tinkering with cars is another one. Some of us have never been good at anything mechanical, so we can't really relate.

What are some other "old-school hobbies" that are falling by the wayside?

  • Home brewing. Which may seem odd with the craft beer industry being so much on the rise. I guess this means we would rather go to a brewery and have it done by other people! At least you're getting out and socializing.
  • Scrapbooking. Technically, people still do it online style, but it's not the same as collecting and putting together memories in a real scrapbook
  • Astrology. As in following your horoscope and the zodiac AND taking it seriously. Maybe that's not such a bad one to let go of.
  • Quilting and embroidery
  • Building and playing with model trains and train sets is the number ONE dying "old-school" hobby

See the full list of these lost pastimes by looking at the survey HERE. Weigh in with your thoughts in the comments. Then, step away from the screen and go enjoy the "old-school" side of life.

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