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It's a great question! (I remember being obsessed with the display of my digital watch when I was a kid). One possibility is that a pattern (like 11:11) is always more memorable than a non-pattern (like 14:53). So we end up cumulatively remembering the patterns and forgetting the non-patterns and over time we think to ourselves how weird it is that we tend to see patterns all the time!
There may be another effect here too. I conjecture that if you look at the clock at random then the digits are far more likely to contain a pattern then we imagine. This is because a higher proportion of possible combinations of times contain a pattern than we think. This effect is magnified because for digital time displays low digits are much more common than high numbers. (Hours digits only count up to 23 and minutes digits only count to 59). Indeed this effect is borne out by the examples in that email. Notice how in all of the examples - 12:34, 13:13, 15:15, 11;11 - the digits are small: there are many 1's but not a single 6, 7, 8 or 9. If most of the time the digital display features only small digits, then patterns are much more likely to occur.
Originally posted by Jools
Same here....I wake up at 6.00am on the dot everyday. I think we do have an internal clock to a degree...but I would not place any beliefs on the OP 's concerns.....I am sure the 11:11, 2:22 etc happens to loads of peeps.
Originally posted by AzureSky
It happens to me too, but it only usually happens twice a day that i look. and its 4:20. No joke.