Submitted by: Armando T. DelaTorre
Submitted to: Sir. Franco M. Velas
FUNCTIONS OF LEISURE
Relation to Increased Production and Consumption
The function of leisure is largely determined by the kind and amount of free time and by the ideas of the age. When spare time consists of short breaks between long periods of sustained labor, its function is thought of as recreation – relaxing the worker so that he can work more efficiency after the break. When the goals are efficiency of work, increased production, more power and more wealth, the function of leisure is the same – to increase the productive power of the worker. The purpose behind the measures taken by many employers to secure better homes for their employees, better working conditions, restrooms, and recreation is a higher standard of production.
Relation to Human Development
The function of leisure described above fails to touch the fundamental purpose of all education and of all society. This is the development of the complete individual. The goal is a social order in which each individual shall be able to realize the fullest potential of which he is capable and be recognized by others for what he is, regardless of the circumstances in which he was born.
The dominating function of leisure cannot continue to be merely recreation of further work and increase in consumption of goods, but must center upon appreciation, creation, and service since by such means the development of the individual may be secured.
Reason People sometimes do work-oriented tasks for pleasure as well as for long-term utility. A distinction may also be drawn between free time and leisure. For example, Situations International maintains that free time is illusory and rarely free; economic and social forces appropriate free time from the individual and sell it back to them as the commodity known as "leisure". Certainly most people's leisure activities are not a completely