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A theory that can help explain why time seems to move slowly

https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20201203-why-time-seems-to-be-moving-so-slowly-during-the-pandemic

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A theory that can help explain why time seems to move slowly
For many, time feels like it's passing differently lately. A philosophical theory can help us understand why the days seem to drag during the pandemic.

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Time feels like it's passing differently

Time feels like it's passing differently

2020 made us aware that we experience the passage of time different from reality. The days felt stretched out, and some months seemed to go on forever.

Time has two faces: One is the "objective time" of watches and calendars. The second is "lived time", the time of your subjective experience. This time is felt, lived, and acted.

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Living on our own time

We mostly don't pay attention to lived time since we find objective time more useful. But we can get an understanding of the difference between them when they come apart.

An hour spent at the dentist's office feels long and drawn out while an hour at a party feels like it is passing by very quickly.

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Gaining insight from a global crisis

The pandemic has given us first-hand experience of the fundamental nature of time.

Looking into the past, we cannot remember exactly how many months ago the Australian bushfires were raging. Looking into the future, we wonder when we will be able to go on holiday? If we knew the world would be back to normal in three months, time would feel as if it is passing more quickly. Since we don't know, life drags on.

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Time slowed

Time seems like it slowed in March because many of us are being bombarded with new and surprising experiences.

  • We learned that shaking hands could be deadly.
  • That the economy can stop overnight.
  • How isolating lockdown can feel.

Two likely outcomes 

  1. Surprise will sear the events of the last month into our heads permanently. The amount of surprise felt in the previous month means this is a life-defining event that will reshape the world. It will end up similar to the Great Depression or World War II.
  2. Surprise will increase the demand for forecasts. The correct lesson to learn from surprises is that the world is surprising. But a natural response is to cling to any remaining impressions of certainty. The desire to know what will happen next feels urgent.

Telemedicine and telehealth

Telemedicine and telehealth

Telemedicine and telehealth involve remote-health-care technologies and services, known as "virtual care."

While virtual care played some role in the health-care industry, 2020 le...

Virtual healthcare recognized

  • Telemedicine can refer to the setup that allows workers in a large hospital to assist in emergency procedures from a distant support structure.
  • Telehealth uses virtual interactions between individual doctors and patients. You may have a bad sore throat and download the telehealth app, where you will be connected to a physician who can examine you and prescribe medicine.

Fifty to seventy percent of visits to the doctor's office could be replaced by remote monitoring and checkups.

Potential disadvantages of virtual health care

Telemedicine has been a hard sell in some areas.

  • Many rural clinics and community hospitals fear that their already inadequate medical staffing and the revenues generated from on-site procedures will be further diminished by remote medicine.
  • Old and poor patients who may need care the most can't afford smartphones or broadband connectivity.
  • Until recently, many people were unaware that the service existed, while others didn't trust an anonymous doctor.
  • Many people want to be in the physical presence of their physicians, believing the quality of virtual care is inferior.

Netflix And Chill In Lockdown

Netflix And Chill In Lockdown

The global crisis of the 2020 Pandemic, resulting in billions in lockdown, has resulted in 16 million people signing up for Netflix in March, taking the total subscribers to 183 million.

Clueless Companies

Consumer companies around the world are in limbo. They are groping in the dark due to a lot of variables in the current situation.

Many are non-essential businesses, others rely on logistics and physical goods to be delivered. Many businesses are forced to close by the government, due to the social distancing norms, even though the consumers need them.

What Makes Netflix Tick

.. is that it is:

  • An internet-only business model, with no physical goods to deliver, having no interruption due to the lockdown.
  • Not dependent on advertisers, being a subscription-based service.