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Drop Netflix and YouTube: Alternative Pastimes You Should Embrace

In the modern world, people have so much choice when choosing what to do for entertainment. Sure, there’s Netflix, Spotify, PlayStation, YouTube, TV, and the internet… so, you’re good to go, right? Well, maybe not, because you might be missing out on so many other interesting hobbies you can enjoy.

Let’s drop a caveat from the start… there’s nothing at all wrong with Netflix, YouTube, or just good old TV. In fact, these are all excellent ways to spend some time… who doesn’t love binge-watching a show? However, there is not your only choice for in-home entertainment. Below are some other cool things you can do on your own or with family members:

 

Online Casinos

If you don’t have the time to visit a land-based casino, you don’t have to thanks to venues like NetBet, where games such as poker, roulette, and slots come alive on your PC. No longer the preserve of the dedicated gambler, online casinos are now fully-fledged entertainment venues.

In recent years, casinos have been adopted by a wider range of people. Whether its social casino games on a smartphone or a proper gambling site online, casual gamers have become increasingly drawn to online casinos as an entertainment product. Bet safe and within your means and these venues can be tons of fun.

 

Do Some Art

Why not? Do you remember when you were younger, and your entertainment choices were fewer? You would often turn to pencil and paper to kill some time. If you have any kind of creative juice, art is often the easiest way to embrace it. Whether it’s practicing your drawing skills or doing a deep dive and positioning yourself as the Monet of the 21st century.

Your skill level is largely irrelevant because if you get inspired art can be cathartic and a fantastic way to pass the time. It’s also affordable and easy. Want to combine art with a group activity? Play Pictionary (you don’t need the board game to play) and allow your family to join in with your artsy activities.

 

Play a Game

And that leads us to board games. Yes, your PlayStation or Xbox can provide hours of immersive gaming action both online and off, and we definitely think video games are a ton of fun. However, it’s sometimes nice to go old-school and break out a traditional board game. Again, this is a fantastic way to get all your family involved in your entertainment.

If you have a board game in your house, such as Monopoly, you’ll be surprised how entertaining playing it with loved ones is. Even if you don’t have a physical board game, many of the classics are now available on devices such as an iPad.

 

Honorable Mentions

While the three activities above are great alternatives to your streaming services and TV, they are not the only things you can do. For example, books are often the forgotten form of entertainment but are still an amazing way to pass time and take your mind off the real world. Perhaps you love cooking? Take the time to explore that recipe you’ve always wanted to tackle but never had the time.

The important thing is to think outside the box and not tie yourself down to a routine that can quickly become boring. By mixing up your entertainment, you will value those Netflix or Xbox sessions a whole lot more. Another excellent time-wasting activity is learning an instrument. If you have an acoustic guitar in the corner staring at you as it gathers cobwebs, pick it up and use online lessons to improve your skills.

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Maria Taylor is content marketing expert & has contributed on several blogs online. She loves to write for blogs & feel free to connect with here on Twitter & Linkedin.

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