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The Great Depression led to many of the hobbies we enjoy now. The pandemic created a whole host of new ones

April 4, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - MARCH 22: A mother and daughter learn how to knot together while staying at home under a state wide lockdown to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, March 22, 2020 in Brooklyn, New York. Parents across America, forced to stay at home with their children , are spending much more time with them. (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)

In the 1930s, it was the game of Bridge that kept people busy during the Great Depression.

Mihm, who researches early American history, said it's likely that some of the hobbies that became popular during the pandemic could be here for good.

The growth in hobbies during the Great Depression was in large part due to the staggering number of people out of work.

"It doesn't take a lot to keep yourself occupied with a newfound hobby, and that's what people discovered during the Depression as well," Mihm said.

But tie-dyeing clothes, attending PowerPoint parties and partaking in TikTok challenges -- among the many hobbies that popped up in the last year -- may not be things that people do in the years to come.

So, during the Great Depression, people were "more likely to kind of get into a hobby where you were likely to encounter people nearby who also did it," Mihm said.

"The internet strengthens the power of more obscure hobbies in so far that it allows you to connect and learn from people who you wouldn't have been able to meet in your average town of 5,000 people in America in 1933," Mihm said.

But, having the internet has also presented people with a "much wider set of choices, which paradoxically can undercut people's commitment" to certain hobbies, Mihm said.

the social bonds might carry you through and that it (the hobby) wouldn't be fleeting," Mihm said.

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