A conference call for papers attracted my attention. The conference is the 33rd of the “International Association for Time Use Research” to be held in the
It also reminded me of the familiar sight in our country (and in others) of people spending most or all of their time sitting on street curbs or in street cafes doing nothing or indulging in some useless games. I remember once I was driving with a visiting professor in my car when we passed by a number of these cafes. Many of those sitting in the café were just rolling the beads of their rosaries (misbaha) and staring at the unknown. I said: it is a pity they are spending their time without a useful activity. The professor corrected: They are breathing! If you ask these people and many others doing all sorts of useless things about what they are doing many will give the familiar answer: we want to kill time. I do not know what made ‘time’ that hated enemy that deserves to be killed!