Entertaiment is an activity that diverts attention and provides enjoyment, often acting as a break from daily activities or stressful events. It may involve social interaction (through games and hobbies) or sedentary activity such as watching movies or television. Entertainment can be aimed at any scale, from an individual who selects private entertainment from a wide range of pre-recorded products, to a family watching a theatrical performance designed to be enjoyed by thousands.
The power of entertainment to engage is demonstrated by the way in which stories such as Scheherazade, a tale from Persian professional storytelling tradition, have inspired retellings in many different media, including orchestral works by Rimsky-Korsakov and Ravel; films by Pasolini and Spielberg; and innovative video games. This shows that entertainment can have a deep impact on the human brain and hit upon the points it was evolved to react deeply to.