Our concept of time may make us punctual. But is it making us happier?
Time is central to who we are. It’s so important to our daily lives. We look at time as a disciplining force, and our time discipline is a measure of our virtue. But “punctuality” is only a concept developed since the industrial revolution. It’s an invention. And it’s also cultural. Dawna Ballard’s research on chronemics at the University of Texas challenges the notion of time as an inherent need, and asks us to rethink how we view it as part of human communication.