Life just seems to speed up
When we are children, the summer holidays seem to last forever, and the wait between Spring Festivals feels like an eternity. But later, we may find that the time just seems to fly by, with weeks, months and entire seasons disappearing from a blurred calendar at a fast speed. Why does time seem to pass faster as we get older?
According to the Daily Mail, our brains degrade as we get older. That decreases the amount of information we can deal with in a single day.
"The human mind senses time changing when the perceived images change," Adrian Bejan from Duke University, the US, told the Daily Mail. "The present is different from the past because the mental viewing has changed, not because somebody's clock rings."
Infants, for example, move their eyes much more often than adults because they're processing images at a faster rate. They deal with a large amount of information and do many things in a single day. This makes them feel like a single day lasts for a long time.
However, as people get older, fewer images are processed in the same amount of time. Therefore, older people receive less information during a day than younger people. This causes things to seem as though they're happening more quickly.
Apart from the degradation of our brains, some psychological reasons also make us experience time differently.
People may measure time by the number of memorable events that can be recalled within a certain period.
When we think about our youth, we may remember a life packed with first-time activities, for example, our first time traveling without our parents, or our first date. We experienced these events so vividly that time then seems to us to have passed very slowly. According to David Eagleman of the Baylor College of Medicine in the US, recalling these memories makes us feel like they took forever.
Many adults find life is routine and sometimes dull. For this reason, when they look back, they might feel like there are not many exciting things to remember. Therefore, time seems to be moving faster to them.