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Originally posted by DangerDeath
Time is the function of thinking, that is, the way we perceive things. Slowing or speeding up time relates to our ability to process data. When you are young you have much higher intensity of perception, as you age you slow down.
Also, since you have experienced most of the things that happen, you tend to skip them, this equals to boredom; but young people are hungry for experience and it is very intense for them. When you are experienced, your reaction to the already experienced situations is immediate, you don't even process data, you act immediately. This means that you suspend time in favor of acting instead of reflecting.
On the other hand, when you are old and face new situation, you may be very slow to learn (like learning new technologies, how to use computers and gadgets for instance). I think in this respect it's physiological slowing down. Weariness.
Also, when you play an interesting video game, time seems to pass very fast
It's because game play is totally unrelated to the rest of events and you lose sight of them. It's like being asleep, there is no perception of time when you sleep.
Originally posted by semperfortis
If I remember my Basic Human Psychology Class, it has to do with the perception of the "Percentage of Experienced Life"
In other words when a 10 year old "lives" through one year, they are Experiencing 1/10th of their lifetime. Which in a concept of reality is quite a large perceived time frame.
When say a 50 year old "lives' through one year, they are Experiencing 1/50th of their lifetime. A much shorter segment of time.
Time being a constant, the perception is as we grow older, time as it is perceived, speeds up....
Originally posted by ogbert
i'm 52- and it's slowed down!
i read about Terrance McKenna and the 13th step of the aztec pyramid and all that. it did seem that everything is moving faster and faster.
so i disconnected from the tv and the matrix and started living for my reality. in other words--not letting the world take away my time by trivialities or sensationalism. when i turned 50 i realized there were a few personal goals that i never had time for. one of them was music, where small increments of time are very important,. so, this awareness and treating each moment as precious, has made the last 2 years seem like 5.
Why does time seem to speed up as you age?