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AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 07: Jan Aubrey sorts her blanket squares to finish her latest peice for charity on February 7, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. Jacinda Ardern announced she and her partner Clarke Gayford are expecting their first child in June. The announcement has inspired the KnitForJacinda movement, encouraging knitters around the country to create baby clothes to donate to charity. The Green Bay community knitting group has been knitting for charity for the last four years, donating their work to children in foster care, new born units at the hospitals as well as dementia patients. The ladies meet Wednesdays and Saturdays. One day is spent knitting for charity the other is for their own knitting. A lot of the wool they use has been donated over the years including from deceased estates and bank grants. (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)

Bad news for anyone that spent their lockdown trying to find the end of Netflix. If you didn’t work on a new hobby this past year, you might not just feel left out in conversation when friends start talking about theirs. How’s that? You may also be falling behind in compensation. According to a new study, that new activity your friend won’t stop posting about might also be making them a decent chunk of side cash.

Researchers have found 60% of Americans have improved their skills in at least one hobby since last March, and one in four even claim to have received a prize, award, or money for a hobby. And they’re not done getting a return on their time investment. Just about 40% of folks say it’s “very” or “extremely likely” they’ll be able to make money from their hobby once long after COVID-19 is behind us. Who’s ready for the sourdough bread food truck boom?

Here’s hoping they do make some cash because they’ve definitely dumped a lot of resources into their new thing. The study found the average person spent $165 and 181 hours on their hobby since nationwide shutdowns first began. And speaking of a waste of money, 53% admit they spent money on a hobby they gave up on. On a related note, how are everyone’s rollerblades? Remember when that was “making a comeback?”