As we get older, time seems to go quicker.

Michio Kaki proved this by asking young and elderly adults to estimate a when they thought a minute was up. He found that the young people on average calculated that a minute to be less than 60 seconds, whilst elderly calculated it at over 60 seconds. So this means that time truly does seem to go faster the older you get, because when something "only takes a minute" for an elderly person, it takes them several seconds more than a young person’s minute. They literally feel the world is rushing around more fast than young people do, because their perception of time is slower than time really is. ie time seems to go fast.

There is a theory that this is because when you’re young, it is the rapid succession of new and emotional experiences provided by the novelty of things in life and experiences, that make time be perceived as going slower. The older you are, the harder it is to find new experiences amd emotions, and the less excitable people tend to be. The fewer new experiences you have, and the more spread out there are, and the more routine you have, the faster time goes.

– Michio Kaku: Lifetime


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dreamwalker
    Jan 10, 2009 @ 21:24:40

    Arrrr… yes… but what happens when as now the young are also saying time is speeding up.. ?? When I am doing something I enjoy Time flys.. Time is persception.. is Time an illusion? xx I have loved reading through some of your entries by the way.. Have a good weekend x


  2. L1
    Jan 11, 2009 @ 02:17:12

    I think its comparative. When young say time is speeding up – they say it with reference to it going faster than it did for them in the past I think. But when they’ll be older perhaps they’ll think time went slower when they were in their teens than when they were in their 20s, and slower in their 20s than in their 30s etc. I dont know. Yeah… the good old time flies when you’re having fun 🙂 If that were true in all cases though – then surely children’s time should really fly! and yet I suspect that for a lot of children an hour doing an activity can feel like a long time, because their attention span is often shorter.Is time an illusion? hmmmmmmm


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