Saturday, June 6, 2009

Why Time Goes Faster As You Get Older

Remember when you were a child? When you were in elementary school, junior high, or high school, time seemed to go by really slow. Especially during the time when you were attending classes. A year seemed like it took forever. Now that you are an adult, the days seem to pass by more quickly with each passing year. A year doesn't seem like that much time at all now. I'm sure you can relate.

Why this happens is still a mystery. One theory is that when you were younger, a year was a larger percentage of your life. For instance, when you were 10 years old, one year was 10 percent of your life. However, if you are presently 50 years old, one year is only two percent of your life, and is less significant. This is one of the more common theories, but I don't agree with it.

From my own life experience, I can tell you why time passes more quickly as an adult. In fact, I can pinpoint the exact moment when time started going faster for me.

It was when I started paying my own bills.

John Griggs

1 comment:

  1. I think it's that the healthier you are, the less of an effect a gravity called time has on you. Then, as most of us get older, we get less healthy, and time goes faster because the gravity pulls harder on us. Theoretically, if you get healthier, time will go slower. I was actually going to post something on this myself.

    Another theory is that is has to do with awareness and how fast your body clock ticks. Consider one tick a slice of time. As your clock speeds up, you get more ticks per time interval than someone with a slower clock, and so you see more and events seem to spread out further than someone who experiences less.

    Another part of it is that we might just be on auto-pilot because were doing the same things that we've been doing since God knows when.