Why do we think that the older we get, the faster time flies
Time flies, regardless of whether you enjoy life or notWhen we were kids, summer vacations, it seemed, was not the end, and wait for the Christmas holidays had forever. So why, over the years, the time seems to gaining momentum: for weeks and months pass quickly, and the seasons change with such breathtaking speed?
Is not this apparent acceleration of time, the result fell on us in our adult life of responsibilities and worries? However, in fact,studies show that the perceived time actually moves faster for adults, filling our lives with trouble and confusion.
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There are several theories that attempt to explain why our perception of time accelerates as we get older.
One of them points to a gradual change in our internal biological clock. Slowing of metabolic processes in our body as we grow older, corresponds to the slowing of our heart rate and respiration. Biological pacemakers in children pulsate faster, and this means that their biological indicators (heartbeat, breathing) above within the prescribed period of time, so the feelings and the time lasts longer.
Another theory suggests that a period of time, which we feel is due to the amount of new information that we perceive. With the emergence of a large number of new stimuli, our brain needs more time to process information — thus, this period of time feels longer. This would also explain the "slow perception" which, as often reported, takes place seconds before the accident. To deal with the unusual circumstances means to an avalanche of new information to process.
Actually, could it be that, when faced with new situations, our brain captures a more detailed memories, so that's our memory of the event appears slower, not the event itself. That is true, it has been demonstrated in the experiment with people experiencing a free fall.
But how does this explain the constant decrease in perceived time as we age? The theory is that the older we get, the more it becomes our surroundings. We don't notice the details surrounding environment at home and at work.
For children, the world is often a strange place where a lot of new experiences that you can get. This means that children must employ much more brain power to transform their mental representations of the outside world. This theory suggests that the way time goes slower for children than for adults, stuck in the routine of everyday life.
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Thus, the more familiar it becomes to us a daily life, the faster it seems to us, runs over time, and, as a rule, a habit formed with age.
It has been suggested that the biochemical mechanism underlying this theory, is nothing more than the release of a neurotransmitter hormone in the perception of new stimuli that help us learn how to measure time. After 20 to old age, the level of this hormone decreases happiness, which is why we think that time goes faster.
But still, it seems that none of these theories definitely did not explain the origin of the acceleration factor of time, increasing with almost mathematical regularity.
Obvious reduction in the duration of a certain period, as we grow older, suggests the existence of a "logarithmic scale" in relation to time. A logarithmic scale is used instead of the traditional linear scales for measuring earthquakes, or sound volume. Since the values that we measure can vary to a huge degree, we need a scale with a wider range of measurements to really understand what is happening. The same can be said about time.
On the logarithmic Richter scale (to measure the strength of earthquakes) magnitude of from 10 to 11 differs from the increase in ground vibrations by 10%, which would not show a linear scale. Each point increment on the Richter scale corresponds to a tenfold increase fluctuations.
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But why is our perception of time also should be measured using a logarithmic scale?The fact that we ascribe any period of time part of life that we have lived. For a two-year toddlers year is half their life lived, that's why when you're little, and it seems that birthdays have to wait so long.
For the tenth year is only 10% of their life (which makes waiting a bit more tolerable), and for 20 years is just 5%. If you take a logarithmic scale, we see that 20-year-old to experience the same proportional increase in time, which is a 2 year old kid waiting for the next birthday, would have to wait until he was 30. With this in mind it is not surprising that time, we believe, accelerates as we grow older.
Usually we think about our life in the scale of decades, our 20s, our 30s and so on – they are presented as equivalent periods. However, if you take a logarithmic scale, it appears that we mistakenly perceive different periods of time as periods of equal duration. Under this theory, the following periods will be treated in the same manner from five to ten, ten to 20, 20 to 40 and from 40 to 80 years.
I don't want to end on a depressing note, but it turns out that your five-year experience spanning the age range from five to ten years, the perception is equivalent to the period of life spanning the ages from 40 to 80 years.
Well, mind your own business. Time flies, regardless of whether you enjoy life or not. And every day it flies faster and faster. published