Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Time Speeds up with Age

We have all heard parents claim that lives pass them by quickly and that their children grow up quickly. We also recount at the end of a high school or college how quickly time has passed by.
We also remember that when we used to be kids and our parents promised us 10 more minutes, those 10 minutes seemed like forever. Now, 10 minutes is 1/4 of the time it takes to get ready in the morning...

Now it could be that we were so self absorbed as kids that we didn't know that the 10 minutes our parents promised us was really 30 minutes. but I have a different theory:

I think that it has to do with our relationship with time. Therefore, when we are 4, a year is 1/4 of our lives! That is a very long time. Similarly, when one is 16, 4 years of high school is 1/4 of our life.

However, when you are in college at 20, those 4 years now become 1/5 of your life. Then when you are 32 and you have a 4 year old who grew up so quickly, it only took 1/8 of your life.

The point is: as time goes on, your points of reference continue to expand. Long periods of time seem shorter and life seems to pass by quicker.

That is my theory. Thoughts?

1 comment:

Yoni said...

I think we just get more patient and learn how to use our time better.

As kids we get really bored when we're not doing exactly what we want to do. As we get older, we learn how to occupy ourselves so we don't get bored.

Time feels slower when we're bored - just think about class. I don't think it has to do with the percentage of time compared with our age. Rather, we just get better at passing the tme.