Why Programming Makes a Great Hobby

by on October 20th, 2014
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There’s never been a time where people had so many options for how they use their free time. With so many entertainment outlets, traditional hobbies are facing some stiff competition. In fact, the average American spends 2.5 hours per day of their free time watching television. Despite this, there are still many hobbies to choose from, and it’s a sure bet that one could find taking up a hobby to be rewarding and enjoyable. In particular, computer programming can be a hobby of limitless possibilities that is accessible by people from all walks of life.

Learner’s Paradise

One thing that makes programming attractive as a hobby is that there is always something new to explore. Whether it’s a new language, a new framework, or even a new programming methodology, no one person can stay abreast of all the latest advancements in the world of software development. While that could be discouraging to a person whose mind is set on complete mastery, it opens up a whole new world of discovery to someone with a healthy curiosity.

Hobby for the Common Man

Even though programming can offer enough challenges for even the greatest minds of our time, it is accessible to the average person. Languages such as Visual Basic offer a great entry point for the beginner. There are even frameworks and tutorials, such as Ruby for Kids or Phrogram, which are aimed at children. Along with this, the cost of entry into programming is very low. Many languages and tools are freely available and will run on modest late model computers.

Outlet for Creativity

When thinking of avenues for expressing creativity, it’s not likely that programming comes to mind. However, programming gives a person just as much opportunity to express creativity. Whether developing a business application, a web site, or even a video game, one has the opportunity to build something completely unique or put their own spin on a tried and true classic. In fact, building a computer program can even involve some of the other classic outlets for creativity, such as drawing and composing music.


Po Bronson, “How We Spend Our Leisure Time,” TIME.

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