While I don’t see this article as inherently negative, I do think there is something to be said for allowing yourself to spend your ‘leisure’ time actually doing something that is…leisurely.
I’m not suggesting that someone should spend two hours a day watching television, but perhaps learning a language, writing a book, or running a marathon is not something that allows someone to have important unwinding time.
Some people might want to use this free time to read, knit, paint, or do something else creative and relaxing. Maybe they garden or bake. The point is, we don’t need to have long term goals attached to every hour that we are given in our time budget. American (and therefore internet) culture has become obsessed with the notion that time spent not thinking and not producing is time wasted. But the opposite it true.
This is the entire point of the trend toward things like yoga and meditation: they are methods to bring someone into the moment and with luck, learn to either turn of the brain or be so fully focused on what is happening in the here and now that nothing else is relevant.
My point being, it’s perfectly okay if your goal for your leisure time is simply to relax and let the mind rest from the day.