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Not quite sure what context you are looking for, but at least in the context of schools, it is widely understood that kids cannot sit still and learn all day and the opportunity to get out and play or to simply get out and socialize and relax are very important to their development and their mental as well as physical health.
I would generally think that it is similar for all people, that everyone needs to be able to participate in activities they enjoy that are not centered around things like earning money to support the family etc., but instead are things people choose to do that are amusing.
I would also make the argument that recreation of the physical kind would save this country billions of dollars in health care costs each year but too much of our "recreation" involves sitting in front of a screen or getting someplace in a car without ever walking very far.
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