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"Leisure Monitor 2019": The Germans are unlearning the enjoyment


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Hamburg (dpa) - The smartphone is becoming more and more the dominant leisure activity. This is at least apparent from the representative study "Freizeit-Monitor 2019" published by the Stiftung für Zukunftsfragen on Thursday.

In addition, the analysis of responses from more than 2,200 people in Germany shows that many of them have forgotten how to enjoy their free time.

"The Germans are a very media-oriented people, but often uses their spare time wrongly and does not do what it does well or what it likes," said Prof. Ulrich Reinhardt, scientific director of the "leisure monitor", the German press Agency in Hamburg. The study has been regularly surveyed by the Hamburg Foundation since 1986. Behind it stands the tobacco company British American Tobacco.

As expected, the smartphone is now self-evident for the majority of the population (57 percent). It is therefore only a matter of time until the digital media take the top positions in the ranking of leisure activities of Germans. Television (94 percent), listening to the radio (88 percent), telephoning from home (81 percent) and listening to music (83 percent) are still in the top spots.

On the other hand, at least once a week, only 35 percent of respondents do it, 25 percent work regularly in the garden, and not even one in ten regularly goes to church, to the regulars' table or to go shopping.

The intensive use of smartphones and increasing leisure time activities would also have an impact on sex life. According to the "leisure monitor", only about every second German citizen (52 percent) has sex at least once a month. Five years ago it was still 56 percent.

Source: zeit

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