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The perception of time

There’s a common idea that time feels like it speeds up as you age.

The theory is that the perception of time relies on the number of memories formed in a period. The more new and surprising experiences, the slower time feels.

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  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.

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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.

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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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Studying happiness

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The sciences, however, have only recently caught up: the scientific study of happiness has exploded over the past three decades.

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Our Perception Of Time
  • Our sense of how time passes speeds up as we reach middle age. Years rush by faster and we all wonder where did the summer go?
  • Our perception of time starts accelerating and the reason may be our decreased mindfulness about our surroundings.
  • As we grow older, we categorize each day or activity as a generic type of experience, like ‘workday’, or ‘beach walk, or ‘Sunday Golf’.
  • Time flies when we are having fun or are in a highly aroused state, something which Einstein noted when he studied the relativity of time, and how emotions change our time perception.

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