In reality, the definition of a hobby is more subjective than objective but lets take a deeper look...
Looking at several formal definitions from around the Internet but I take a deeper look at what I think a hobby is.
We first look at the tried and true Marriam-Webster diction that provides us with our first definition:
I next followed the Internet search trail to Dictionary.com that also lead us down a similar path of vocabulary and meaning:
The trail ever continues to the Cambridge English Dictionary:
As we dive deeper into our search we run across a definition from Vocabulary.com:
Here is a the definition from Oxford Dictionaries also reveals a similar working:
If you take a look at all of the definitions of "hobby" you will notice three general elements that all of the definitions have in common. The three elements include activity, enjoyment & spare time. I want to take a closer look at all three of the most common elements that make up a hobby.
Activity of a hobby
Although this may be redundant in or for something thing be considered as a hobby, you actually need to do something. What that "something" is can be completely up to you to decide. Frankly that is THE thing when looking for hobby ideas. What do you want to do?
Enjoyment of a hobby
So you have picked an activity, that is you are actively doing something. Once you have that down, you next need to make sure that you find your selected activity enjoyable. Make sure the activity beings you some kind of enjoyment.
Spare time for your hobby
The third and final element according to most formal definitions of a hobby is that you do the hobby in your spare time which is saying that you have spare time, even a small amount.
In my humble I opinion, I think that every has some amount of free time so I don't think this should never be an excuse not to enjoy a hobby. There are certainly some hobbies that require much more time than others.
So there you have it everyone... Activity, enjoyment and spare time at its most basic level make up a hobby.
Now that you know what a hobby is, it is time to find one that meets all three elements of a hobby.