The primary target of a hobby is to pass leisure time. During this time, the person does what he likes most and this usually does not include any financial business. When people are just passing extra time, they want to relax their mind and keep it away from all the surrounding troubles of life.
The most favourable way of passing time is watching television. Most people like to sit in front of the television after working the whole day. For modern invention of cable brings a lot of choices to the viewers and there is always something to watch for everybody. This cable is very cheap and available in almost everywhere in the world.
Another most watchable thing on television is film and it is a very popular hobby. The film industry is very big and growing faster and so is the number of viewers. Beside the television set, cinema hall or modern multiplexes there is also a very popular among the hobbyist, is to watch a film. Some create their own home theatre with a gigantic television set with surrounding hi-fi sound system.
Reading a book is a very common and popular hobby for passing time. Most like to read literature, but other subjects like history, magazines etc. are also very well-liked. Serious subjects like science or philosophy is not a usually a choice for reading in leisure time.
Some people like to hear a song while they pass their leisure time. Most of the people like to hear music and with the growing modern technology, listening to music is possible, almost everywhere, with your portable music player or your mobile phone.
Video game and internet is a very common time passing method for the young people. They spend a lot of time on the internet for browsing or chatting. The new addiction of social networking sites like Facebook is also spreading rapidly. Gaming consoles as well as computer is used for playing video games and dedicated players spend hours after hours in playing.
Some people do exercise while they are not working. The exercising can be both light and heavy. Light exercise is more popular and it includes walking, jogging, hiking etc. Some of them practice yoga for relaxation and mental satisfaction. Practising performing arts like acting, singing, dancing or magic is vividly common among people at their spare time.
Designing is another way of passing extra time. Some people design models of practical things like aero plans, house etc. Beside that painting is very popular. Cooking is also a very accepted way of time passing. Many people like to cook when they are not working on their professional job. It is a common practice to create a new menu in a leisure time cooking.
Gardening is another way of passing leisure time by many people. The presence of a flower gives a mental satisfaction and peace. Collectors spend many hours for collecting and maintaining their collections. Most of the collections need a lot of time and care. The most common collecting items are stamps, coins, or notes. Nevertheless, there are some other items which are very costly and cannot be done by the average person, like collecting rare antiques, vintage cars, original paintings etc.