Creative ways young people are finding entertainment
In the age of the internet, there are almost too many different ways to stave off boredom. Thankfully the creativity of youngsters means that finding entertainment doesn’t have to be a chore in its own right.
From amazing indoor activities to incredible outdoor adventures, here are just a few of the most compelling entertainment options that millennials and gen z-ers are embracing at the moment.
You can easily turn a dull evening in or a long journey on the train into a fun time if you’ve got a smartphone and a network connection. There are so many different apps and games to keep you entertained that there’s never a need for a dull moment to darken your day.
From mobile experiences that actively encourage you to get on your feet and discover new locations, such as Pokemon Go, to games that give you the opportunity to score a win while you play, the opportunities are endless. There’s a world of thrilling portable entertainment available.
Of course, smartphones aren’t just restricted to offering non-creative forms of entertainment; if using your imagination is what you love to do best, then you can harness your handset to edit videos, design logos and become a social media influencer.
Embracing escape rooms
The craze for escape rooms has taken off in the past couple of years, with young people across the country now able to access a wide selection of puzzle solving experiences in their region. And when a Hollywood horror film is being made about this very trend, you know it’s gone truly mainstream.
These rooms are a more grown-up alternative to other activities that are perfect for birthday parties, team building and general tomfoolery with friends. Many are themed around pop culture themselves, with the likes of Harry Potter and Twilight often represented in the styling of the rooms and the puzzles they contain.
Another perk of escape rooms is that they tend to be fairly affordable to visit as part of a group, while also taking up a relatively minimal chunk of time, leaving you free to fit them in around other activities if you are planning an action-packed day or evening.
Updating crazy golf
Crazy golf, or mini golf, has always proved popular with young people, but today the trend for Ghetto Golf has helped to update this pastime and bring it into the new millennium.
Locations in Liverpool and Birmingham are already open and a wider rollout is inevitable given the success of these venues. You can book in with some friends, grab clubs and balls and explore a course while drinking some tasty craft ales and cocktails.
Like all good crazy golf courses, Ghetto Golf is littered with whacky obstacles to avoid; expect to try and score below par while climbing through a converted bus or an old bathroom. There’s no doubting the creativity of this particular entertainment option!
Getting into game streaming
Video games have offered an escape from the real world for decades, but youngsters of today are not just interested in playing games; they want to watch others do the job for them.
Streaming sites like Twitch have exploded recently, while YouTube has allowed content creators to engage with young audiences on multiple platforms, sharing highlights of their streams and building entire communities around a single channel.
To an outsider, it might seem like an odd idea to simply sit and watch someone else take control of a game, rather than being actively involved. But there are lots of fairly simple reasons that this is so appealing.
Firstly there’s the draw of a streamer’s personality; many of these superstars have the same charisma as a Hollywood actor, and a following to rival them.
Then there’s the skill; some streamers have gained traction simply by being better at their game of choice than almost anyone else on the planet. Sub-cultures like speed running have grown out of this scene and we may soon get to a point that more kids dream of being professional gamers than footballers, firefighters or astronauts.
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