We live in an era where people can order groceries online and have them delivered to their front doorstep. Yesterday, I watched someone become visibly upset because of having to wait an extra minute for a Starbucks order. Every time I send an instant message to my friend in Spain, I am amazed all over again by her instant response. Nealon and Giroux write in Theory Toolbox that because of these modes of instantaneous communication, things that were once “far away” are now “close,” paving a way for the concept of a “global village.” (129) It is important to note that our perception of time and space, as Nealon and Giroux emphasize, varies depending on who we are and what we have access to. Before reading the chapter on Space/Time, I had never thought of time as a way of distinguishing the accumulation of wealth or social power. With this in mind, it is extremely apparent in our Westernized world how much time is a social construct. Look at the film industry’s depiction of the elitist or CEO, never having the time of day to meet with anyone of lesser status. Consider the marketing ploy of advertisements on TV or Amazon Prime who guarantee the quickest delivery times. The most popular diet plans are usually not the healthiest ones for your body, but the ones that supposedly help you lose the most weight in the quickest amount of time. Even in college, the pressure of a four-year timeframe looms overhead as we scramble to decide on a major and finish all the necessary graduation credits. When is someone going to make it stop? Our nation has become so fast paced that it seems the very mathematical model of space-time as an interwoven continuum has become a day-to-day experienced reality. It is when I’m talking to my grandma about frustrations with an unsent IPhone message that I really understand time and space as a social phenomena. Time for her was experienced much differently then me. A letter (snail-mail, as she calls it now) was the only thing way she could write a message to someone and the “waiting” she recalls now, was an exciting part of the process. Oh how different “waiting” is now! I worry with our quickened pace and scrolling new feeds that we might forget the real sense of human interaction. I don’t like walking down school hallways to the silence of people looking at their glowing handheld devices. I don’t think it’s unrelated that one of the newer branches of psychological study is mindfulness practice. It seems that we need to take the time to live more intentionally because even though the concept of time is socially constructed, we also have the capacity to control our own time. Maybe it’s about time we step outside of our time and try to better understand each other’s time.