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I am writing an essay which includes my hobbies in high school; I know this is pretty common but I would like a more literary and/or formal way of saying this.

My hobbies include {hanging out with friends}

Thesaurus.com gives phrases related to locations rather than people, or about being friends with people rather than spending time with them.

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  • Hi aponom. Welcome to ELU. I think you have a good question here, so I've edited it to be more in line with the sort of thing that makes a good question; namely included research and given an example sentence. – AndyT Apr 20 '17 at 10:06
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    If I may make a friendly suggestion, I wouldn't consider hanging out with friends to be a hobby; that word has connotations of an interest or activity where you are refining your tastes or improving a skill— putting in some kind of effort, unlike watching TV or eating out. That said, you can easily couch hanging out as an activity that curmudgeons like me do accept, maybe you're on a softball team together, or you debate current affairs, just like you can apply artistic pretensions to your Netflix queue and your carryout menus. – choster Apr 20 '17 at 18:07
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This is kind of difficult.

There are other casual phrases, such as

I like spending time with my friends.

But that is certainly not formal enough.

However, anything formal on that score is almost certain to come off as mockery. Consider:

I am very fond of social engagements.

Or:

Socializing is one of my hobbies.

Or:

Mingling is one of my favorite activities.

Or:

I spend a great deal of my spare time hobnobbing with my associates.

The answer, in my opinion, is

leaving it as it is

OR (this is important!)

skipping it altogether.

Most people like to hang out. It is not one of those unique traits that could automatically pique an objective reader's curiosity.

Last but not least, mentioning that you're sociable might come off as a bit ambiguous.

This, of course, is merely my opinion, which I hereby encourage you to ignore.

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    "Socialising" gets my vote, but plenty of other good suggestions in here too. – AndyT Apr 20 '17 at 10:01
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Since you're asking for something literary / formal, consider saying that you enjoy visiting with your friends.

visit with sb phrasal verb to spend time talking with someone you know: My grandmother was visiting with one of her friends on the porch. - Cambridge Dictionary

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If you wanna get a bit grandiose, you could claim:

attending a symposium of my peers

Using the older definition of symposium meaning:

n. A drinking party, especially one with intellectual discussion.

Wordnik

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to associate with TFD

To spend time socially; keep company:

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