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Traditional angling is a hot topic on social media. — Photo ETX Studio

Wednesday August 03, 2022 10:55 MYT

PARIS, August 3 – Since the pandemic and its endless days spent at home or away from crowded places, simpler retro hobbies are back in fashion.

While grandma trends like knitting and crocheting have been back in the limelight for a while now, fishing trips and birdwatching are some of Gen Z’s new favorite activities.

Far from the clichés about young people who only go out in the evening or to a nightclub or who are glued to their screens, Generation Z is passionate about nature.

The trend seems to have really taken off in the United States, with an increase in the number of young people sharing images of their afternoons spent “birding” (or “birding”) and “fishing” on their social media accounts. .

On TikTok, the respective hashtags have a colossal volume: 81 million tagged posts for the first and 65 billion for the second.

The novelty is that many of these enthusiasts practice these activities both in town and in the countryside.

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Fishing, a hobby of various forms

In the world of social media, different types of fishing stand out. Traditional angling is obviously the most common, a perfect summer activity by a lake or on a boat.

Young people equipped with a fishing rod and hooks are proud to film their biggest catches.

Although fishing is often associated with nature and calm, it is now increasingly practiced in urban areas.

A growing number of Parisians find themselves on the banks of the Seine or the Saint-Martin canal with rods and bait.

For these young anglers, the idea of ​​keeping or eating the fish is totally out of the question; any catch is thrown back into the water just after being hooked.

The goal is to unwind and reconnect with nature, which many missed during the lockdowns.

Another type of fishing is also gaining in popularity, especially in urban areas: magnet fishing in the river. Magnetfishers have a large community on social media, with the hashtag #magnetfishing having over 2.5 billion views.

It is an activity that appeals to many because it is impossible to know in advance what will be found, from bicycles to weapons of war to safes… the finds are of an infinite variety.

In addition to being a real treasure hunt, this activity is also beneficial for nature, since it serves to remove a large part of the debris from the waterways, with a large part of the finds being recovered and disposed of by the magnetic fishermen.

A great way to combine entertainment and ecology. And while many of his young fans fish in small groups of friends, others find it a way to be alone, a perfect activity for introverts.

Bird watching, an activity within everyone’s reach

In addition to fish, birds are also the new stars of social networks. Hashtags related to ornithology and bird watching are gaining momentum.

Young birdwatchers go in search of the rarest birds.

And there is no need to go far or study ornithological guides before starting.

In the city, many people go to parks and woods to enjoy peace and quiet. The only essential bird watching equipment is patience.

Some enthusiasts go out with binoculars or a sketchbook, but to simplify life for those who want to start, mobile applications have become essential for budding ornithologists.

The Merlin app, which helps identify bird species, has doubled its user base since the pandemic.

Like fishing, bird watching is a hobby that can be enjoyed alone.

While various studies show that reconnecting to nature is beneficial for coping with everyday stress and all the social pressure that young people have been under since the pandemic, it is not surprising that after an upsurge in “grand- mother’, those associated with grandfathers’ holidays are also trending among Gen Z. — ETX Studio

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