18 Hobbies People Hide Out Of Fear Of Being Called Stupid

Unfortunately, some people like to make fun of what others do in their free time. A recent online survey asked, “What hobby do you keep hidden because you feel you might get judged?” Here are the top 18 answers.

Gaming

Gaming
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Gaming for me because I think most non-gamers think pretty badly of it.”

“I feel like that was the case 10-20 years ago but it’s become so big and common for people to play games that it’s the norm now.”

Crochet

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“I love to crochet, but sometimes I feel like people will think it’s an old lady hobby or something. But it’s actually really relaxing and I love making things for my friends and family!”

“I am in awe of people who can do all of those amazing designs in crochet. I want to start but every video I watch overwhelms me. They have yet to develop a machine that can duplicate what a human can do with just one crochet needle and some yarn. That’s how complex the art is. You should be proud that you can do that.”

Embroidery

Embroidery
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I embroider and my mother-in-law is outraged by it. She says it is so old-timey. I don’t really care, but yeah, I don’t advertise that I like doing embroidery at this point.”

“My sister has called all of my hobbies grandma hobbies….since I was 12 and took up cross stitch and embroidery. I also knit, crochet, quilt, scrapbook, etc. I prefer ‘classic hobbies’ over ‘grandma hobbies!'”

Firearms

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“Firearms generally never get brought up because, in the 21st century, it’s usually seen as a political hobby which I hate. I will never reveal it unless the topic itself gets brought up or something.”

“I grew up around guns and hunting in a socially liberal area. Guns are tools, and hunting is an important skill. Many people don’t realize how much responsible hunters support conservation and stewardship.”

Drawing

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I don’t like telling people that I like to draw because the following question is always, ‘Can I see something you drew?’ and considering how old I am, my skills are really not where they should be even for a half-serious hobbyist.”

“I never wanted to pursue art as a career or anything, so I didn’t practice a lot or take classes, so whatever natural talent I have is basically where my drawing skill ends. I enjoy drawing and do it fairly often, but I haven’t improved much since high school.”

Fanfiction

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I read and write fanfiction about shows and films I watch. I am 29 and nobody knows about it.”

“Fanfiction gets a bad rep because the awful ones go viral but I’ve read fanfics that are even better written than the thing they were based on and that’s partly why I don’t like copyright.”

Comics

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I really like to read these isekai manhwas. Like the ones with dukes and princesses, they are often romances or dramas. I feel really embarrassed about it since I think others would see it as something childish.”

“I am 46 and I still love comics in all forms. The only time I will stop reading them is when I am dead. Read what you like.”

Disc golf

Disc Golf
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“I’m pretty good and have a decent worldwide ranking and I’m sort of known in the disc golf world. I have a sponsor that pays me to use their stuff. However, most of my family and non-disc golf friends don’t know I play or at least don’t know how serious I am.”

“Same, not sponsored or anything, but play a lot and catch a tournament once a month or so. Most of the people I hang around don’t have much of an interest, so I just keep it to myself. Doesn’t bother me, though. It’s so much fun.”

Lego

Lego
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I think adult Lego hobbyists do some crazy cool stuff. I can see why that would get flak but there is a lot of patience, creativity, and problem-solving in the hobby that people really should respect.”

“My husband and I (in our 40’s) bought the MoMa Starry Night kit. It was so much fun to put together and it’s too pretty not to display.”

Anime

Anime
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I know that some people think anime is just for kids, but I think it’s a really great medium for storytelling. There are so many different genres of anime, and there’s something for everyone. I’ve seen anime that’s made me laugh, cry, and think. And I’ve met some really great people through my love of anime.”

Live action replay

Cosplay
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I don’t know why everyone is so weird about it, but I get a lot of teasing about it, even from other fantasy nerds.”

“I think this is cool, though. The creativity that comes to light with the costumes and community is neat. I’m a huge swords and sorcery fan but I’ve never done any live-action or cosplay.”

Skateboarding

Skateboarding
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I have gotten myself into skateboarding after a hiatus of several decades. I am in my mid-forties. I don’t like sharing this info with other people.”

Scented candles

Scented Candles
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“I love candles, but being a guy, others think that’s not something I should be into. If I’m home and awake, I almost certainly have a candle lit. I love to layer different scents and experiment with works together.”

“My husband was so excited after we got married because he felt he could finally always have scented candles around without anyone questioning it.”

Knitting

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I knit, mainly socks. I’m not embarrassed about it but hate how people make a fuss of it if they know. Like as a guy, I’m somehow fifteen times more talented than my female friends who knit.”

Baking

Baking
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“It’s seen as a feminine hobby but I love it.”

“Strange that you say it is a feminine hobby because all the famous bakers out there are almost always men. I don’t know what this says about our society but a home baker is almost always seen as a woman but a ‘professional’ baker is almost always a man.”

Dungeons and Dragons

Dungeons And Dragons
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As a city firefighter, I work in a traditionally blue-collar, masculine setting. I’m very much one of the guys and fit in quite well… but I also don’t post announcements for my cello recitals or Dungeons and Dragons game nights around the firehouse.”

“I’d love to try Dungeons and Dragons, but in order to do that, I have to share my love for Magic: The Gathering and hang out around comic book stores like a true nerd.”

Stand up comedy

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“I’m actually very good at it. Even well-respected comics tell me I should be doing it as a profession but my wife and many family members give me zero support. I’ve never understood why.”

Not having any hobbies

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This post made me kinda sad because I don’t even have a hobby. Just live life the best I can. I’m so boring.”

“Anything we enjoy is a hobby. It could be looking out the window when there’s a sunset, improving the spreadsheets you use at work, or even reading Reddit. I’m sure you have them, but you just don’t realize it.”

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