The importance of entertainment

Entertainment is of great importance in human life. If some people think otherwise, the benefits accruing to societies from entertainment are equal to those accruing to them from work and development. Work and leisure are two sides of the same coin, aiming to improve individuals’ quality of life and balance the various dimensions of the individual’s personality. Perhaps the importance of recreational activities lies in the following:

  1. Achieving happiness, human balance, and improving the quality of life: Entertainment is an effective way to amuse people and relieve stress and daily problems. Many studies indicate that recreational activities – of all kinds – contribute significantly to releasing pent-up emotions in individuals. It works to relieve anxiety and psychological tension and gives individuals a feeling of happiness, contentment, and joy. These activities also restore lost energy as the pace of life accelerates. All these factors combined increase the individual’s ability to adapt to societal conditions. Thus, entertainment is an effective way to save individuals – especially young people – from the pressures of life and the resulting tensions. Entertainment also plays a pivotal role in achieving happiness by giving more balance between work, responsibility, and routine on the one hand and adventure and entertainment on the other. This reflects positively on the individual’s quality of life and happiness.
  2. Preventing diseases and supporting general human health: Entertainment positively impacts young people’s lives. It works to satisfy a large percentage of their physical needs by practicing recreational activities, including sports in particular, scientifically and effectively. Exercising regularly will stimulate blood circulation and provide the body with minimal physical fitness, in addition to acquiring motor skills, moderate stature, and a pleasing appearance. Exercising also eliminates toxins and waste in the human body and improves digestion and breathing. In addition, sport reduces stress and neurological and psychological disorders and works to achieve emotional stability.
  3. Personality development and self-development: Entertainment plays an essential role in personality development and is a critical factor in positive change in human life. Acquiring many skills and knowledge that allow him to practice various recreational activities helps a person adapt to the changes that occur in contemporary life. Entertainment is also a means to gain status and social status, whether at the individual or collective level, primarily since all recreational activities are carried out collectively. This helps the individual gain a collaborative spirit, cooperation, harmony, and the ability to adapt to others. Recreational activities also contribute to the individual’s acquisition and development of many moral and social traits, such as Strengthening relationships between individuals and between the individual and the group, respect for others, affection, friendship, brotherhood, trust in others, loyalty to society, self-denial, cooperation, love of work, the performance of duty, and volunteering for social services. Recreation in childhood and youth is the primary means of contacting and exploring the world and achieving growth.
  4. For this reason, entertainment is a window for the child and the young person on various planets, including vast experiences and knowledge. In a related context, we cannot overlook the role of entertainment in developing talents and preparing for creativity and innovation. Perhaps the youth’s practice of some recreational activities may be a catalyst for the development of a future profession through the development of his skills and abilities, which may start with a hobby that the individual practices in his daily life and then develop and develop it until it ends with a career in the future of his life.
  5. For this reason, entertainment is a window for the child and the young person on various worlds, including vast experiences and knowledge. In a related context, we cannot overlook the role of entertainment in developing talents and preparing for creativity and innovation. Perhaps the youth’s practice of some recreational activities may be a catalyst for the development of a future profession through the development of his skills and abilities, which may start with a hobby that the individual practices in his daily life and then develop and develop it until it ends with a career in the future of his life.
  6. For this reason, entertainment is a window for the child and the young person on various worlds, including vast experiences and knowledge. In a related context, we cannot overlook the role of entertainment in developing talents and preparing for creativity and innovation. Perhaps the youth’s practice of some recreational activities may be a catalyst for the development of a future profession through the development of his skills and abilities, which may start with a hobby that the individual practices in his daily life and then develop and develop it until it ends with a career in the future of his life.
  7. Reducing crime and behavioral deviation: Youth and children’s participation in constructive recreational activities contribute to the reduction of crime and behavioral variation on a large scale and is an effective safety valve in confronting delinquency towards crime. Young recreational practitioners are less likely to engage in such crimes, especially in societies where recreational opportunities are plentiful and attractive. Entertainment is a natural outlet for the desires of young people and children, and perhaps the testimonies of prison authorities in many studies are the best example that insufficient entertainment opportunities are one of the causes of youth delinquency towards committing a crime.
  8. Achieving Community Solidarity: Forces in modern times tend to separate people into distinct and often hostile groups based on differences in economic status, social status, race and creed, nationality, level of education, and cultural background. This would reinforce mutual hatred in society. Conversely, entertainment provides a common ground and platform for mitigating differences and managing them well. In this context, the task of joy in the lives of young people is not limited to playing games and immortality to leisure and entertainment. Although that represents a large part of it, it may include doing many purposeful and constructive actions; For example, volunteering can be an intentional, serious, and socially wholesome entertainment, and through it, one can satisfy one’s need and uncover a talent that can benefit society.
  9. Spreading the democratic culture: Democracy and entertainment are similar in their spirit, and each tends to enhance and strengthen the other. Coercion; So democracy, along with entertainment, provides a real opportunity for the individual to achieve true self-satisfaction, creative expression, and the development of powers. This would make individuals more effective and positive.
  10. Supporting the educational process: The goals, methods, and programs of education and entertainment are often similar, although they are not identical. The educational process and entertainment are concerned with achieving the maximum possible development of the individual. However, entertainment tends to achieve immediate self-satisfaction, as opposed to education, which aims to achieve satisfaction. In the long run, across a long series of goals. Also, recreational activity lacks an element of coercion, in contrast to the educational process, which is permeated with some parts of oppression. To achieve the desired goal. Entertainment programs are concerned with attaining academic growth in every entertainment experience. In contrast, the educational process uses many recreational methods to encourage young people to learn. Therefore, we find that entertainment has an increasing role in the curricula of formal education and the (extracurricular) programs of the institution.
  11. Growing the economy Business and industry leaders have long recognized that how employees spend their free hour’s influences their effectiveness in their jobs. That is why many institutions and companies have taken care to support the recreational activities of their employees. Countries also paid attention to this and sought to invest in and develop recreational facilities. For them to ensure that the work process does not stop as a result of pressure on individuals, the entertainment industry is also huge and growing. Therefore, it may be a good source for providing jobs that support the economy and provide young people with decent work.


Classification of recreational activities

According to the available literature, many general recreational activity classifications exist. For example, these activities can be classified according to the field of activity: physical activities, including sports, physical exercises, exercises, parades, gymnastics, acrobatics…etc. Mental and intellectual activities: These include discussion groups, study circles, discussions, recitation, reading, writing, drawing, modeling, chess, and card games… as well as self-defense and self-discipline activities, such as scouts and guides. Cultural and social movements: which include drama, music, various programs, dance, community service, first aid, religious celebration, social and national festivals…etc. There are also arts and crafts activities: which include drawing, painting, carpentry, modeling, spinning and weaving, gardening, doll-making, embroidery, leatherwork…etc. Also: outdoor activities, such as

While Hendry and others believe that there are three types of leisure activities: organized sports and other similar activities, relaxation activities, socializing with friends, commercial fun, and going to the cinema or theatre. On the other hand, “Dorter” and “McCall” propose dividing recreational activities into three different categories: academic activities (participation in academic clubs…), non-academic activities (sports, arts…), and other activities.

Regardless of the diversity of definitions, we can say that recreational activities include a wide range of activities that young people can benefit from at all times and occasions.


Basic features for entertainment

Leisure activities have a basic set of indispensable attributes; So that we can distinguish between recreational exercise and other activities, which are as follows:

  1. It should be done during leisure time, as the individual cannot leave work to engage in recreational activities.
  2. The recreational activity that the person engages in should not be tedious.
  3. There is an element of immediate and appropriate satisfaction for the person carrying out the activity.
  4. Voluntary in the sense that the individual chooses it freely and is not forced to do it.
  5. Constructive and not harmful mentally, emotionally, or socially.
  6. socially acceptable


entertainment controls

Although entertainment activities are innumerable, some controls must be taken into consideration when choosing one of the entertainment activities, including the following:

  1. It should be limited to beneficial actions that do not cause harm or harm to others or oneself, whether material, moral, or sensory.
  2. Not be at the expense of the primary needs and issues of youth, negatively affecting their studies and future.
  3. Not to be extravagant in entertainment compared to other activities, especially concerning time and money.
  4. To be purposeful, that serves youth and society at the same time.


Entertainment impediments

Some people think engaging in recreational activities is easy, but it is not the case for many young people. They face several obstacles that may cause them to be deprived of entertainment in general, or force them to engage in certain recreational activities without others, whether or not they are compatible with their preferences and basic needs. Foremost among these obstacles are young people being forced to work in poverty and challenging social conditions. This leads to the depletion of their rest and entertainment time. In addition to this, there is a lack or limited information about the recreational activities available, which is also related to the limited means of entertainment available in certain areas compared to others, which constitutes an obstacle for young people to enjoy entertainment. In addition, the inability to obtain means of transportation may lead to the reluctance of young people to engage in various recreational activities. We also cannot overlook that the absence of peers plays a clear role in young people not engaging in available leisure activities. Finally, recreational activities may require the possession of some assets by young people or their families, such as: owning financial, educational, or cultural capital, which is not available to many young people. That is why many studies point to the role of the environment surrounding young people and children in determining how they use their free time. Perhaps the family is the most critical factor here; For example, studies show that children and adolescents who were active as children and young adults are also more active as adults. The choice of activities that youth engage in their spare time depends mainly on what is called “subjective” (parents’ social status, personal education, skills, and habits) and objective factors (cultural heritage of a narrow and broad environment and the opportunities offered by leisure activities). Also, for the individual to be aware of the importance of recreational activities, there must be an outstanding amount of education and awareness so that such actions have an honest reflection on him. So, the absence of education is one of the essential obstacles standing between youth and developmental and valuable entertainment.

Recommendations for entertainers

Because of the previously presented benefits of entertainment in the development of societies and their individuals and making them more prosperous, those in charge of entertainment policies and their implementers must pay attention to several matters that enhance the positive impact of entertainment in society, including not limited to:

  • I paid attention to the fair distribution of recreational opportunities nationally and locally.
  • Developing entertainment programs for the lower classes and those with complicated social statuses; the absence of such programs would lead them to explode and create more social problems, not reduce them.
  • Ensuring a wide choice of recreational activities offered to the public, we can fully respond to individuals’ different preferences.
  • Expanding the dissemination and implementation of awareness programs related to various recreational activities and how to benefit from them during leisure time; To ensure that sufficient information and knowledge about recreational activities are helpful to individuals.
  • We are encouraging those concerned and stakeholders to participate in decision-making and setting policies for entertainment at the national and local levels.
  • It is making severe attempts to overcome the obstacles that would deprive all members of society of practicing recreational activities.
  • We provide sufficient human, financial, and material resources for entertainment and distribute these resources throughout the country and celebrating communities.
  • It sets clear entertainment policy goals, ensuring that entertainment’s value is not exaggerated, to combat its commercial exploitation.
  • It supports social and cultural activities, such as community celebrations, popular culture, and festivals focusing on individual and collective expression and creativity.
  • Encouraging groups and individuals, especially young people, to develop new forms of recreational activities.
  • Encourage developmental rather than “problem-solving” approaches when planning and implementing recreational activities.
  • Monitor the development of edutainment and training; To ensure the availability of the required leadership and professional skills in each sector, contributing to the entertainment process and injecting young leaders into the system.
  • Availability of recreational facilities for all, especially young people.


entertainment in the Kingdom

  • The Kingdom’s National Vision (2030) stipulates in its first pillar, “a vital society” in the axis of “a prosperous environment,” that the happiness of citizens and residents comes at the top of the state’s priorities. This enjoyment does not occur without completing their physical, psychological, and social health. Here lies the importance of our vision in building a society that enjoys Its members leading a healthy lifestyle and surroundings that allow them to live in a positive and attractive environment. From this text, it is understood that the state is genuinely interested in achieving happiness and raising the quality of life for members of Saudi society through entertainment and other various developmental interventions. However, in terms of actual practice, the state had recognized that the available entertainment opportunities and activities did not meet the aspirations of citizens and residents and were not compatible with the economic situation that was hoped to be achieved. Accordingly, it sought to support the efforts of the regions, governorates, and the non-profit and private sectors in holding festivals and events and activating the role of government funds in contributing to the establishment and development of recreational centers. Vision (2030) also focused on launching the national program “Daem” for entertainment and sports, establishing and developing entertainment centers, and establishing partnerships Globally in the entertainment sector. The vision aims to reach (450) amateur clubs by the year (2021), allocate lands for the establishment of museums and theaters, and support talented writers, directors, and artists, in addition to administering large areas of beaches for tourism projects.
  • And because young people are the mainstay of the current Saudi society and the most significant percentage of the population, we can say that they are the primary beneficiaries of these entertainment services and the addressees of its programs and activities. The government is also working hard to encourage young people to participate in these programs and exploit their energies and talents. However, because it is fully aware and aware that the vacuum and the lack of suitable places and activities to contain the youth may exacerbate the social and economic problems, the government is working to curtail them.
  • The Kingdom’s experience is still recent – but promising – in this context compared to developed countries that attach great importance to leisure and leisure time and set specialized policies for it. To ensure the well-being of the citizen and improve the quality of his life. However, there is still a lack of effective use of leisure time in the Kingdom regarding practice, lifestyle, and awareness of them. Therefore, more specialized studies must be conducted on achieving the maximum benefit from entertainment in a way that positively affects society.


Examples of distinguished entertainment programs

  1. The “Saudi Experiences” program aims to take visitors to the Kingdom on an exploratory trip in (13) regions of the Kingdom, to highlight the Saudi heritage in all its forms, and create an integrated entertainment experience on the land of the Kingdom. The program includes (70) specialized and combined sub-programs with activities compatible with Different tastes and ages, including artistic and cultural workshops, adventures, nature, sports activities, and historic visits, in addition to various events.
  2. The “Play” program of the Aspen Institute, aims to provide ideas, tools, and activities for parents and coaches to keep children and youth activities and active and preserve sports, especially in times of crisis such as the spread of the Coronavirus. For example, the institute suggests that parents or practitioners watch sports films with youth/children and then meet to discuss lessons learned from the film. The Aspen Institute offers many programs and activities to support youth and children in various entertainment fields. It also provides youth workers, parents, and specialists programs to build their capacities and support their activities directed at youth and children.
  3. Public Broadcasting Services (PBS) provides educational games and skill-building activities for children, youth, and families and works to bring their points of view closer and connect them. Public Broadcasting Services is a membership organization that, in partnership with its member stations, serves the American public, especially youth and children, offering a broad range of high-quality programs and services using mass media to educate and entertain people. Public broadcasting services enable individuals to fulfill their potential and strengthen social cohesion, democracy, and American culture. It offers programs geared to children and young adults and non-commercial news programs that keep citizens informed of world events and cultures and expose America to the world of music, theatre, dance, and art.

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