, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 395-408
Date: 02 Jun 2009

Communicating and Philosophizing About Authenticity or Inauthenticity in a Fast-Paced World

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Abstract

North Americans live in an increasingly fast-paced world. Not only might this be physically and relationally unhealthy, a fast pace of life might prevent people from living life to its fullest and achieving happiness. Using Heidegger’s theory of Dasein, this study examines how individuals talk about time in holiday letters. Results of the study indicate that many letter writers were living inauthentic lives. According to Heidegger, inauthenticity prevents individuals from experiencing life at its fullest; implications of the findings blending philosophy and communication are discussed.