Entertainment is a broad term with many areas of application. There are entertainment experiences for the masses, and other types that can be relative to each individual based on their personal preference. People have a variety of options in which to entertain themselves with. Unfortunately, most are at best a waste of time, or worse harmful to people and detrimental to society at large.
Most forms of entertainment are related to the arts; concerts, stage shows, movies, etc., or sporting events. The full scope of what can be considered entertainment encompasses anything that entertains anyone. This section is limited to only the most common forms, excluding broadcasts, and the, which are covered in separate sections of the study.
Some basic types of entertainment that fall into the recreation category are what have become known technically as play activities. They are supposed to have certain benefits for the mind and body. The purpose is to re-create, or to renew life, as opposed to hard labor activities that do not. However, most people's idea of recreation is just to have fun, but their quest to do so often results in pain and suffering.
Based on the research findings recreation is used mainly as an excuse to avoid doing work. There is no valid reason to do such things, and that's why they are senseless and often deadly endeavors. Yet so many people participate that it has spawned a multi-billion dollar socioeconomic behemoth. The entertainment industrial complex is an out-of-control self-perpetrating commercial.