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Why does time seem to go faster as we get older?

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Why does time seem to go faster as we get older?

Postby Winston » Fri May 22, 2009 9:34 pm

Has anyone noticed this? What feels like one hour to me turns out to be 3 or 4 hours on the clock.

After dinner I sit down at the computer at 8pm. Then after 20 minutes the clock says it's midnight. WTF?

One day it's May 15, and then two days later it says May 21! WTF?

Some explanations are given here:

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index ... 447AAUYpjp

http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum ... opic=17928

http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread428543/pg1

Interesting comments:

http://br.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20061025002339AAOKWrD

The best analogy I heard about aging is one where you compare your life with a roll of toilet tissue. When the roll is brand new, very little is noticed as missing as sheets are unrolled. As time goes on, and more paper is rolled off the roll, the roll appears to be going faster and faster. That's how time seems to proceed as we get older...the years seem to go by faster and faster.


It moves slower because the experience of time has been longer. Einstein said, Sitting in a park with a pretty girl for 5 hours feels like 5 seconds. Sitting on a hot stove for 5 seconds feels like 5 hours. That's relativity.

When you experience time for so long you realize what life is really all about. You know the pain of not "living every minute like it was your last". The finish line to life is the only finish line that comes the fastest. Getting out of high school, getting your children out of diapers, getting a project finished is all looked forward to to end. Life is hardly ever looked like that. You look back on a life lived and you see so much that you have done. Compared to 60 years, 10 or less or a little more seems insignificant.

Who knew Einstein could be used to explain the later parts in life as well as make the atom bomb?


I read somewhere that the brain records length of time in accordence with the new things we experience. when we are young a lot of the things we do are new experiences so it seems like there is a lot more going on and hence when you remember it it seems like a long time has passed. The older you are, the less likely it will be that anything you do will be a new experience. the brain will just gloss over any occurances that are repeated over and over again. So a strict routine will result in it seeming like time is moving faster.

If you did the same thing this week as you did last week then to the part of your brain that measures how much time has passed may not have any new experiences to count. Although at the time, boring and repetitive tasks seem to take ages, looking back at them from the future seems like they just flew by.

Time flies not only when you're having fun but also when you do the same thing over and over again.
Fonte(s):
Thats what i think anyway.


I guess that's why if you travel a lot and have new experiences everyday, time moves slower, cause your brain is always processing new info.

Also, when you are on the internet or playing video games, I notice that time seems to go much faster, like four times faster. Anyone notice this too? I read an article that mentioned that internet time is three times faster than normal time.

http://www.pcmech.com/article/does-inte ... ve-faster/
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