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What is Chronemics?

by Team Goseeko

“Time is very democratic in nature as it treats all absolutely impartially.”

Chronemics is a powerful communication tool which helps in achieving the predetermined goals are the organization, management and utilization of time, which also includes punctuality, effective use of waiting time, as well as utilizing exact speaking speed.

Chronemics or time language is the study of the use of time in non verbal Communication’.  The term : Polychronic time and Monochronic time were devised by Edward. T. Hall and Mildred Reed Hall.

  1. Monochronic time: To have a narrow sharp focus on one thing at a time is termed as Monochronic time. It also means to do things with proper  arrangement and scheduling of time management. Usually, European countries and the United States follow this time system. They stick to plan, as well execute the rules of privacy and also give importance to promptness of action.
  2. Polychronic time:  Having an open focus on different aspects at the same is termed as Polychronic time system. Here scheduling of time is done in a more flexible way. Most Asian, African and Arab countries are found using this time system. It is seen that people following this kind of time frame are easily distracted and keep changing plans.

In short, time is considered, a valuable resource, which has to be used  as effectively as possible. It’s impact is to be understood on various aspects of our lives and to be acted accordingly. It is seen in India, time is used according to the occasion like, for professional meeting punctuality is given much importance, in comparison to the party or social gathering. Use of Time for Indian is quite  liberal. In contrast, European countries follow strict rules of punctuality. Time Language differs from culture to culture.

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