What Is Entertaiment?

Entertaiment evokes a variety of emotional reactions that serve as catharsis and can lead to relaxation, social connection, and even physical health (like lower cortisol levels from dancing or playing sports). It can also be intellectually engaging—from reading a novel to solving a puzzle to playing strategy games. Unlike work, entertainment can be enjoyed by anyone at any age or stage of life—children might find joy in cartoons or playgrounds, while adults might prefer fine art exhibitions, jazz concerts, and dramatic performances. It’s a versatile category that allows people to express their personal preferences, interests, and emotional states. Click through the slides to see a sampling of popular entertainment.