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Time seems to speed up as we get older..tasman1

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#1 by tasman1 » Sat Jan 06, 2018 17:18

Many people say that time seems to speed up as they get older.
There are a few theories for this, but a new paper suggests it could be down to a psychological habit called "chunking."
By bundling together similar experiences we could be perceiving our lives as moving by quicker.
The researchers suggest we try and look for the unique moments in life to try and stop us lumping things together this way.

Another new year, another opportunity to say: "Where did the last 12 months go?"

It's very common to hear people say that it feels like time is slipping away faster and faster as they get older. Many of us will be guilty of making the remarks, because sometimes it does feel like a year can be gone in a flash.

As for why it happens, there have been a few theories over the years. One is that it's because when we are younger, a year makes up a larger percentage of our lives. For example, at four years old, one year will be 25% of your entire life, so it might feel like longer. As you get older, this percentage gets smaller and smaller.

Another possibility is that our biological clocks slow down as we age. Or it could simply be because we pay less attention to time slipping away when we are children.
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#2 by valerie » Sat Jan 06, 2018 17:36

My theory about that pertains to activity.

Our activity level slows down physically and mentally as we age.

What I mean by that is much of what we are going to do with our lives, we've already done.

The days run together. 'Did I do that yesterday or was that this morning?'
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#3 by DannyChiarelli » Sat Jan 06, 2018 17:39

Because you have more life behind you then in front of you...
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#4 by poetryinmotion » Sun Jan 07, 2018 00:00

My ideas about how fast time goes by is like for instance, when you're a kid you stand in line waiting for your turn on the slide at the playground. Your turn finally comes up, you make the long climb up the ladder, you get to the top and zoom down the slide and it's over just that quick. As children, it's just like standing in line anticipating your turn to go down the slide to kids it seems like a lifetime but as we get older we finally reach the top of the slide and zoom, it's over just that quick.

I do remember as a child how slowly time seemed to go by but once you reach a certain age it all goes by so fast. I'm sure it has to do with working and going to appointments and things like that. Children don't have to work so time goes more slowly for them, especially in school.
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#5 by leeuna » Sun Jan 07, 2018 00:49

Life is like a roll of toilet paper;the closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes. :lol:
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#6 by tasman1 » Sun Jan 07, 2018 06:27

leeuna wrote: Life is like a roll of toilet paper;the closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes. :lol:


Agree ........Older I get more I feel like toilet paper just hope nobody will use me :twisted: :twisted:
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#7 by Arvind9 » Sun Jan 07, 2018 08:29

Why do politicians live longer than common people, maybe because they have more useless things to think about rather than time passing faster,if you are active and have something to do in life with an aim you mind wont keep measuring time.
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#8 by fred891 » Sun Jan 07, 2018 13:04

That is very insightful tasman1 as I write this listening to another Oprah Weight Watcher commercial. She is trying to lose weight so badly that she has come out with a new line of Comfort Foods by Oprah highlighted by mashed potatoes, one of my favorites. I would try one but I would need to do 4 or 5 surveys to purchase a box.
But your thought has given me an idea to try a few new things this year to make my year longer or at least more varied. Thanks for the thought.
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