Time: Concepts and Trends – How Attitudes, Personal Choices, Cultural Norms and Public Policies Impact on Relationships and Wellbeing, by David Wong
This extended essay is an attempt to explore, from a predominantly conceptual viewpoint, how our attitudes, personal choices and cultural norms with regard to time and the use of time affect our social connections – or what we broadly call “relationships” – and our wellbeing. It also seeks to explore how public policies can also shape the availability of time and the way time is used in the delivery of frontline public services, the consequences of which also ultimately impact on our wellbeing.
This essay is therefore primarily interested in two interlinked pillars of time – its concepts and some societal trends pertaining to time and time use. How we conceptualise time affects how we behave, which in turn alters the spatial-temporal environment that impacts on our relationships and consequently our wellbeing. By exploring how we view time and examining some contemporary trends, issues and problems related to time and time use, we may just be able discover a lot more about ourselves and our society that has not been properly understood before.
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