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Why Does Time Go Faster As We Get Older?

October 2008 | BY Philip Yaffe

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Persons in every age group wonder why time seems to move so much faster than it did in their pasts. It seems as if there is never enough time to get everything done and that the situation only gets worse. Many explanations have been offered for this, but few seem to hit the target as well as Phil Yaffe's explanation. We hope you enjoy and find it provocative. Phil has been a writer and journalist for over four decades and is able to write eloquently about his personal experience with accelerating time.

Persons in every age group wonder why time seems to move so much faster than it did in their pasts. It seems as if there is never enough time to get everything done and that the situation only gets worse. Many explanations have been offered for this, but few seem to hit the target as well as Phil Yaffe's explanation. We hope you enjoy and find it provocative.

Phil has been a writer and journalist for over four decades and is able to write eloquently about his personal experience with accelerating time.

Peter Denning
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Why Does Time Go Faster As We Get Older?

Philip Yaffe

It is a widely accepted adage that, "The older you get, the faster time seems to go." But why should aging have this effect? After all, there is the parallel adage that, "Time flies when you are having fun." But as we age, time flies whether we are having fun or not.

So what's going on?

I have recently been trying to understand the phenomenon, because for the past several years many of my days have been extremely long, yet the years still seem to be accelerating.

To tackle the problem, I did an Internet search to see what others were saying on the subject. Nearly all the returns had to do with parenting. "Oh, they grow up so fast. The days are long, but the years are short." This is perhaps a partial explanation; however, since the phenomenon occurs just as well to people who have no children, it cannot be the whole answer.

Some other comments had to do with getting religion. "I found God at the age of 30 and every day since I have been waiting to go to His kingdom. I am now in my 80s. Oh, the days have been so long, but the years have been so short." Again perhaps a partial explanation; however, since the phenomenon occurs just as well to non-believers as believers, it cannot be the whole answer either.

Many comments were philosophical. They said simply to accept the phenomenon and live each day to the full. Good advice, but again no advance in understanding.

I then turned to science. I typed in the search words "psychology of time". This turned up hundreds of articles, most of which were very technical, dealing with brain structure and functions, neurotransmitters and the like. To narrow the search, I typed in both "psychology of time" and "days are long". And got nothing at all!

Finally, I decided to sit quietly and ponder the matter myself. This turned about to be a wise decision, because I think I found the solution. It's really quite simple. It all has to do with "anticipation" and "retrospection".

Whatever the nature of our individual lives, we all anticipate things important to us. Then after they happen, we look back at them. For example, most school children look forward to the long summer vacation, which always seems to be an eternity away. Finally, it arrives. Then, almost before they blink an eye, it's over and they are back in school again.

Progressing from primary school to secondary school is another excruciating anticipation for a youngster, especially if the move is perceived as being an important step away from childhood into adulthood.

And so it goes. When anticipated, each new significant event seems to be excruciatingly far away. However, after the event, we regularly look back and exclaim. "Did it really happen that long ago?"

Our first love, our first heartbreak, driving a car, landing a job, marriage, etc. When we look forward, all these milestones seem impossibly far in the future. However once achieved, how quickly they recede into the past.

The older we get, the more milestones we have to look back on. So the farther and faster they appear to recede. So if sometimes the clock may seem to have stopped, the calendar always continues racing ahead.

For me, the high point of my life was joining the Peace Corps and serving as a volunteer teacher of math, physics, and journalism in Tanzania. I applied for a Peace Corps posting early in my senior year at UCLA. Processing the application took only about three months -- perhaps the longest three months of my life. It seemed more like three years. I was accepted and sent abroad for two years - the shortest two years of my life, because I was having so much fun.

When I returned to Los Angeles, I could hardly believe the adventure was already over. The first week back seemed extremely long, because my heart was still beating 10,000 miles away. However, the weeks rapidly became shorter and shorter, then the first year, then the second year, and so on. I couldn't believe it when the first decade had passed, then the second, and so on.

I went to Africa with the Peace Corps in 1965 and returned in 1967. More than 40 years ago!

I of course have had many other milestones in my life, which are all rapidly hurtling away from me. Even the most recent ones already seem to be covered in dust. I am now 65. I don't feel old, but somehow I just can't get my mind around the fact that many of these things already look like ancient history.

If accumulating milestones is truly the secret of the accelerating years, what do we do about it? Basically nothing; we just have to accept it. However, this is not necessarily a negative. True, the good things are coursing away faster and faster into the past. But so are the not-so-good things.

The story is told of the biblical King Solomon. He once called his wise men together and presented them with a challenge. "Find me a cure for depression." They meditated for a long time, then gave him the following advice. "Your Majesty, make yourself a ring and have engraved thereon the words: This too shall pass." He had the ring made and wore it constantly. Every time he felt sad or depressed, he looked at the inscription, which tended to lift his spirits.

"This too shall pass." Indeed, it shall. Whether positive or negative, nothing in life lasts forever, even if it sometimes feels as if it will. We are certain of this because we know even life itself doesn't last forever.

We are all born to die. What happens after that is the subject of considerable controversy. But whatever it is, we are certain it is going to happen, and that it will almost certainly be different from whatever we know today.

Since I am now in my seventh decade (I am 65), for me this inevitability will probably occur sometime within the next 20-30 years, and almost certainly within the next 40 years. This seems like a very long time. However, the years are accelerating, so when it does occur my most probable reaction will be: "What! Already!"

Philip Yaffe is a former reporter/feature writer with The Wall Street Journal and a marketing communication consultant. He currently teaches a course in good writing and good speaking in Brussels, Belgium. His recently published book In the "I" of the Storm: the Simple Secrets of Writing & Speaking (Almost) like a Professional is available from Story Publishers in Ghent, Belgium (http://www.storypublishers.be) and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com).

For further information, contact:

Philip Yaffe
Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 (0)2 660 0405
Email: phil.yaffe@yahoo.com, phil.yaffe@gmail.com

Source: Ubiquity Volume 9, Issue 39 (October 28 - November 3, 2008)

COMMENTS

Beautiful! Yes! We just have to enjoy each moment. Doing the best that we can to improve any situation in a positive way can help make that happen :)

— Kathleen Osborne, Sat, 19 Apr 2014 03:45:00 UTC

Indeed Dave Barling, I came to the same conclusion. For a day old baby, a day and a whole lifetime is the same thing. For a hundred year old man, a day is a tiny fraction of a lifetime. Experience changes our understanding of time.

— Matt, Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:43:07 UTC

Here are my thoughts. When we are children, we are "in the moment" more. As teens and young adults, we have more responsibilities that take up our time. Young children don't have a grasp on the concept of having responsibilities because they are too young to take on responsibility. That is why they daydream more and are more "in the moment" Adults rush through tasks because they want to get back to the more pleasant things in life other than tasks. I think if we were to savor the moments of our lives, even while shoveling snow and Monday mornings and the time that passes while we are performing unpleasant tasks, time would slow down. Also, we have the benefit of knowing what the passage of a year or a decade feels like and I agree that the ratio of time passage to time lived has much to do with our perception of how any fragment of time feels to us.

— Andrea, Sat, 05 Apr 2014 18:00:50 UTC

I see now that Dave Barling already gave nearly the same explanation that I did, but maybe even in a more understandable way. I agree with him.

— Zen, Thu, 13 Mar 2014 08:33:49 UTC

The way I always looked at it is this. When I was young, say 5 years old, the year that passed was 1/5 of my entire life, so it seemed like a long time. In my 20th year, which seemed to go by much faster, the year that passed was 1/20th of my life, which is a much smaller number. Since my life as a whole was so much longer than that year, the year seemed shorter than when I was five. As time goes on any portion of time, a day, a week, a month, a year, etc. is a smaller and smaller portion of our entire existence and so in our minds this smaller portion of our lives feels like it is passing faster.

— Zen, Thu, 13 Mar 2014 08:24:41 UTC

I get up at 7:00 AM Have a cup of coffee watch tv morning news while doing the daily crossword.. Next bathroom,Shower and shave .Dressing is a problem,as You arms don't have the reach they once had.Putting on socks belt threw pant loops,to button shirt sleeves is a task By the time I finish breakfast it's 10 or10:30Am. Three days a week I go to gym for a one hour work out cardio and light weights.Half hour ride to and half hour ride back.Home at noon time . When your age 73 You just do not move and think as fast as you did when you were age 63 It's not time It's your body slowing Your heart rate etc. BUT DON't STOP EXERCISE

— Jack, Fri, 07 Feb 2014 23:46:33 UTC

I too thought this phenomenon was due to the theory of relativity. However, my reading of Darwin reveal that this has to do with gravitational pull affecting the passage of time. Actually time being a perception, not a finite thing, is why time flies as we age. Like a previous writer stated, to a five year old a year is one fifth of their life. A day can seem endless to a child. At age sixty-three a year is a rather small portion of this life I have enjoyed. And each year that portion shrinks further. Perception...

— Sue Holland, Wed, 05 Feb 2014 02:24:14 UTC

(moe's comment is at the bottom)

— beachj, Mon, 03 Feb 2014 13:04:53 UTC

moe has a good point

— beacj, Mon, 03 Feb 2014 13:04:20 UTC

time is a lie. like the good old saying live everyday like it is ur last. honestly tho if it is ur last day wouldn't u live it for yourself. as to live everyday like u have all the time in the world. then would u have time foreverybody and object. thus a child does not weigh time acts as tho he has a never ending supply. mean while u just passed a broken down car u could push.. u want to ... but u don't have time. thus the more time u spend for urself i have no time and the more time u spend on everything esle. as for happy seeming faster. it's simple u have to tunnels of speed the more empty one passes time faster. one is full of shit and the other is full of postive and happy moments. tell me which one can u travel faster through.. if all things are excitement and happiness. then crap shoot is painless since u will soon land in a bed of flowers after words. ask the poor man who can't divourse his cheating wife who works 80 hrs a week and still can't feed his kids .. his happy moments pass as fast as the rich mans bad moments

— Derrick, Sat, 01 Feb 2014 23:34:30 UTC

yes time does seem to go by so fast and i'm a 22 yr. old young adult male fixing to turn 23 yrs. old on April 24, this year. and I wished i was a kid again literally, i wished medical science would find a way to reverse puberty(which i know is not possible, well not with this day and age), and if some scientist are looking for a way to prolong life make people live past the age of 100, the only way i see is to reverse puberty which is physically impossible well for now. but the way i see it if it was possible to reverse puberty say your 25 yrs. want to look like your 15 yrs. it would take ten years for your body to get back to that age, so you're chronological age would be 35 yrs. old with a body of a 15 yrs. and another example: you're 15 yrs. old right now and say you want to go back to being 5 yrs. and it would take ten year for your body to get that age, and you're chronological age would be 25 yrs. old with a body of a 5 yr. old and some people may or may not want to go back to that young of an age but some will for example. me.

— Casey Anderson, Sat, 01 Feb 2014 01:48:51 UTC

The reason why time is slower when we are younger is simple. The brain is young and has not been damaged by our environment, diet and age. Our neurons are processed faster so we perceive the world in slow motion because what we see and feel is almost instantaneous. As we get older our brains are damaged from alcohol, smoking, our polluted environment and our diets. Our brain doesn't function as fast as it used to, therefore what we feel and see happens slower in time and that's why we perceive time as flying by. This experience is most notable during an adrenaline rush. Our brain functions faster so we can get out of danger and when we experience these rushes, time slows down as perceived by the one experiencing the adrenaline rush.

— Jorge Fernandez, Fri, 31 Jan 2014 17:27:27 UTC

I'm young, but I too notice that as time flows faster as I get older. I dispute the claim that it is our aging brains or metabolisms that contribute to this, because I have noticed this fact even as a young person with a developing brain and metabolism. I believe that the more new, exciting and novel experiences we have, the slower time seems to go over those periods. During the years of my life that have been filled with change and new adventure (e.g. my first job after university), those years seemed to go the slowest, but when I fell in to a routines those years went the fastest. Therefore the solution to make time go slowly, in my limited experience, is to not a) become more busy, nor is it to b) do less things, but rather it is to c) seek as MANY completely new things as often as possible.

— Einstein, Sun, 26 Jan 2014 14:31:49 UTC

Someone put forward the Theory of Relativity as the reason. I have to agree. When you are 10, a year represents 10% of your life, and seems to take so much longer to pass; when you are 50, a year represents 2% of your life to that point, hence seems to pass so much quicker. It's all relative.

— Rick, Mon, 06 Jan 2014 03:21:44 UTC

science tells us,"if space is space is expanding at an ever increasing rate, then doesn't it mean that time must also be speeding be speeding up at a faster rate too?!

— Brielle, Sun, 22 Dec 2013 14:05:21 UTC

Time goes faster because we tend to become more consumed with life as we age. We're Instead of just being ourselves, like a child, we take on many different roles - parent, worker, mediator, leader, partner.. We are just 'busier' mentally, and we're familiar with the phenomenon of time flying when you're busy - surely everyone has heard at work "there just aren't enough hours in the day". As a child I remember being bored very often. Now I don't have time to be bored, there's always something that 'needs' doing. And I reckon it follows that the more we take on the quicker time passes.

— Paul, Sat, 07 Dec 2013 20:37:40 UTC

This format does not allow one to type anything of length!

— Richard Neva, Mon, 25 Nov 2013 22:04:21 UTC

The answer is simple, every biologist knows why: when you get older, the metabolic process starts slowly slowing down. Time does not get faster, but the processes in your body are getting slower and slower. Giving the impression that time goes faster. There is no way in stopping this. The body is simply getting out of sync of what was once a faster metabolic speed. See, this is why they say that time is relative.

— AnonBio, Thu, 21 Nov 2013 22:55:12 UTC

the theory of relativity . The end. Thanks

— tom, Mon, 18 Nov 2013 17:13:59 UTC

2) Brain Boredom, + Lived time Percentage I saw, on the V-souce video, that the time is passing faster, because 2 things, 1)(We are anticipating, and if we get that, we anticipated... we feel our brain is bored ant trying to go forward for interesting new parts, (for example if we saw a movie, many time we don't like to watch it because, we just seen that before) (and we see our life as a movie, and if we saw things many time before, we just want to skip to the interesting parts), Aged people, don't see many new things, and they feel, time passing fast. 2) The " Each year is a smaller percentage of overall life perceived than the last. For instance, in your third year, the year you are living accounts for 0.33 of all of your life so far, but in your fourth, the year you are living accounts for on;y 0.25 of the total. And by the time you are 67, each year only accounts for about one one-hundredth of the life you've experienced. That's the best explanation I've found. Anyway, it's funny that more people don't talk about the acceleration of perceived time. It's kind of a big deal. Thanks.  Andrew A. Peterson, Sun, 20 Oct 2013 07:07:50 UTC '

— Robert, Tue, 12 Nov 2013 20:05:21 UTC

Guys, Gals, I've often pondered about time passing faster in older years. Thanks to all of you. I enjoyed and found very enlightening each of your thoughts on our aging process. All of you are correct. Thanks again.

— Sue Cameron, Sat, 09 Nov 2013 04:36:22 UTC

Each year is a smaller percentage of overall life perceived than the last. For instance, in your third year, the year you are living accounts for 0.33 of all of your life so far, but in your fourth, the year you are living accounts for on;y 0.25 of the total. And by the time you are 67, each year only accounts for about one one-hundredth of the life you've experienced. That's the best explanation I've found. Anyway, it's funny that more people don't talk about the acceleration of perceived time. It's kind of a big deal. Thanks.

— Andrew A. Peterson, Sun, 20 Oct 2013 07:07:50 UTC

I would also like to add that I hardly ever think of the future or past so for me this can not have relevance to my perception of time. I would also add that my first post my be slightly inaccurate as in fact time doesn't go fast any more but I was accurate in saying I don't feel as though the days are long or boring or that time drags. More accurately I am saying time always seem to go fast before my illness and with being debilitated and spending everyday alone most of the time I would have thought that time would have dragged but it doesn't feel that way but nieither does it feel as though it goes fast which was the inaccuracy of my first post. In fact time feels nothing to me, it neither appears to go fast or slow so may be there is something in that concept that will give me the answer about what time actually is rather than the idea of 'why time goes fast' especially as we get older. For me it points to time being a mental construct and as I now live more in the now I don't experience time as slow or fast as much as I used to it is rather just 'is' and by being present in the now eliminates any perception of 'fast and slow' - who knows.

— Loz, Sun, 06 Oct 2013 20:28:27 UTC

Now work this out and does this fit into your understanding. I got very ill two years ago and it has left me debilitated at first bedridden two years later slightly improved but housebound and I can do very little both cognitively and physically. Before I got ill I was very active, four different sports and two jobs and as you would imagine time flew. Now I am ill I can barely look after myself, I do very little and yet time flies past just as it did before. So I got to think like you what this 'time' is all about. As a spiritualist I have read and heard a lot about time and how there is only the 'now' and also explanations about time being a mental construct created by the mind. However, it doesn't explain why my perception of time is still the same pre illness when I was very busy and now I am ill and I cannot be busy. Most people say don't you get bored at being housebound and not able to do much (this not doing much literally means that. I cannot sit and watch tv all day I haven't the capacity) and I bet the days are so long and they seem so surprised when I say no I don't get bored and the days go fast they are no long. It doesn't seem logical does it. Do I have the answer - No I am still contemplating it and may be one day I will get the truth about time. Until then it's about 'time' I finsihed this post and rested.

— Loz, Sun, 06 Oct 2013 20:17:01 UTC

In case it has not been answered yet, here's a simple mathematical explanation as to why we think time goes faster when getting older. When you're 2 years of age, then 1 year is 50% of your life. Which is a very long time. Relatively, of course... However, when you're 100 years old, then 1 year is "only" 1 percent of your total life, which is a "very short time". Again, relatively... This makes us "think" that, the older you get, the faster time flies (which is, of course, absolutely not true). But it gives you that impression, since you have already had some time with which you can compare in length (of time). And that's the clue to the whole story. As simple as that...

— Geert Vancompernolle, Sun, 29 Sep 2013 08:38:35 UTC

I love things stated in "laymen's terms," however, it's difficult for me to really understand your theory about time flying when we get older. I also suffer, honestly, from ADD. I've also heard the theory about age increments ... I can't remember the rest!. Whatever the reason or reasons for this 4X fast-forwarding of life, and I'm glad I'm not alone in feeling that time is flying, it REALLY depresses me. I'm a 53 year-old woman and I feel that the last ten years of my life didn't really happen - if you can understand that. Someone once suggested that if you are depressed about how quickly life seems to be going by, then just get a job that you hate! Maybe I'll do that. Thanks for your theory - it does make sense - sort of!?? Karen.

— Karen Cox, Fri, 20 Sep 2013 11:08:55 UTC

You don't have to be a scholar and a genius or spend your time thinking about why the years and seem shorter and just time is shorter. All you have to do is READ the bible, the greatest book ever written. It states that in the final days of this conclusion of this system or world as we know it, must fall. The days will seem shorter and all the features along with the short days is men puffed up with pride, self assuming, fierce in conduct, the king of the north and the king of the south will be budging each other..russia and us, daughters against mothers, people taking no note of the impending danger of this end, divisions among men,man made doctrines like false religions, haveing a godly devotion but proving false to its power, and many features listed in the bible so remember to do good in this life and have respect and fear for the one true God, God Jehovah in the name of his son Jesus

— Lionel Rodriguez, Mon, 05 Aug 2013 15:24:25 UTC

TIME ========== we look at it like this. when we are kids we have so many new things happen to us .just think about it for a couple of min.by the time we get to.well lets say 25.we have done a lot in live.so the days and weekend become the same . only today I was driving got to road works with men working .and started smiling I was thinking about the time my wife flashed the worker at the traffic lights .if you was to wright down the things you remember in the last year .how much paper world you need.

— dave, Mon, 22 Jul 2013 19:57:57 UTC

My view also is the same as Dave Barling's: we experience the length of a given unit of time, say one year, as a proportion of length of time we have lived.

— Gabriel Segal , Wed, 17 Jul 2013 21:43:12 UTC

Dave Barling your explanation is EXACTLY the same conclusion I came to. It makes PERFECT sense

— Lee, Fri, 05 Jul 2013 07:39:01 UTC

I think alot of the explainations offered are getting way to technical. Maybe its as simple as "TIME REALLY IS RELATIVE". Here's how i think it works, on my 1st birthday my 2nd birthday was literally a lifetime away. On my 2nd birthday my 3rd birthday was only half a lifetime away, on my 3rd birthday my 4th was a third of a lifetime away, and so on. Skip forward to my last birthday my 44th, and my 45th is only 1/44th of my lifetime away. Anyone confused yet? So what im thinking is that our persecption of time passing is RELATIVE to the amount of time we have exsperienced. Does it make any sence to anyone else, or is it just me.

— Dave Barling, Sat, 22 Jun 2013 12:22:43 UTC

My cat died in December last year, after 11 years of being together. I am 30 now and so that was roughly 1/3 of my life. I got a new cat 3 months later which seems like only a spec of time compared to that, and last week he died too after only having him for merely 4 months. I have been very extremely sad but I know this too will soon pass. As I grow older I will look back at this and barely remember this as any more of an instant of time, a mere flash of light compared to my whole life span. Now I wait eagerly for each day to end so that I can forget and be happy again.

— Reuben, Sun, 16 Jun 2013 12:53:09 UTC

What if, as we age our brain's electric activity slows down , thus accounting for time dialtion making past events seem to run away faster while days seem to be bloody slow. It is after all , a basic calculation. It could also be relativity where its like a bunch of heart monitor waves that are short and well paced apart that slowly become longer but squish towards each other.

— Navneet, Wed, 12 Jun 2013 19:06:56 UTC

When I think back being in high school a year was a long time. I read an explanation for this, when you are 18yr old one year is 1/18th of your life, but when if you are 60yr old then one year is 1/60the of your life.

— bob lou, Thu, 23 May 2013 01:00:31 UTC

I think it has to do with relativity. Not physical, but psychological. When you're young, say 6 years old, you doubled your age by the time you're 12. An eternity so to speak. When you're 60, the step to 66 is a mere 10% increase. You've already done that time frame 10 times instead of only once. Its probably accelerated by other factors such as being aware of time itself, and the societal norms and expectations that come with a certain age, etc... But I think the actual FEELING of time going by faster as we age has to do with our experience of past time passing by. The rate at which we double our age goes down, every day lived is shorter when looking at the whole life of a person than the previous day before. After all, all time is scientifically is motion of matter over distance, but psychologically that doesn't get us very far.

— larry, Fri, 10 May 2013 17:20:41 UTC

An interesting theory put forward, many years ago, by Fred Hoyle, who uset be chief astronomer at Greenwich observatory, in England, was that, because the universe, our galactic journey, along with all other stars, planets, is in elliptic curves rather than circles, when we reach the extremity of the curve the distance betwixt the sides of the curve decreases sufficiently to compress or shrink time. Funnily enough, this lines up with Biblical prophecy concerning God's allowing man to perpetrate the destruction of this planet, stating that, "And except those days should be shortened there should be no flesh saved: but, for the elect's sake those days should be shortened" Mat.24:22 This lines up with another Scripture, "And sware by Him Who liveth forever and ever......that there should be time no longer." Rev.10:6 This has also been interpreted as, "no more delay", and surely provides an alternate concept to the fleet winged passage of what we call time. Time is a measurement of motion, so maybe it is time we all slowed down a bit?

— John R. Nolan, Mon, 29 Apr 2013 23:31:50 UTC

Thankyou Philip for your article and sharing your respected thoughts. Before reading this article I challenged myself to see if I could make my own theory of why years can go so fast yet days feel like a lifetime. My theory is that when you recall old memories your recalling on memories which had an impact on your life, whether it being from a 10 year olds perspective of riding your first bike or collecting cards, at that time of your life that was the most important/exciting thing happening so your 10 year old brain will save it. Nevertheless we will also remember our devastating thoughts just as much. Going into our teen years we will remember our first car, first kiss and so on and so forth. When you try to remember your past you will only remember the dramatic things depending on the age context, which wouldn't be much which makes time feel like it's going quick as there's only a small amount of memories to recollect on. As for the days which feel like years, you will remember waking up, going to work, coming home etc so at the end of the day you can recollect on many activities making the day feel long. Small and not so important knowledge or memories would not stay in our brain for long, we will eventually forget them. But, if every step we took, every lunch we had and every night we slept was embedded in our brain and we could remember them all, time won't be feeling like its going so fast. In conclusion, times going fast because we only remember a small amount of dramatic memories. So if you lie back and put your life on a timeline attaching your memories to a year, the amount of memories will decrease the more you rewind to the past and vice versa. The beginning of the timeline will seem short and empty hence making time in that period feel fast. It's like your brain refreshes every couple of days and wipes out all the irrelevant things but saves all the dramatic/exciting things, and as time goes by your brain starts eliminating older less dramatic memories. Ever thought of the saying "feels like yesterday" if you were to remember everything that happened from that memory till now it will feel like as long as it actually is. Regards, Mohammed, Sydney Australia.

— Mohammed Tabbah, Mon, 29 Apr 2013 17:08:59 UTC

when a rich man aquires a lot of money he alway wants MORE! maybe as we age and become more aware of time we want MORE! its greed and fear of death...

— Val, Fri, 05 Apr 2013 07:39:38 UTC

I enjoyed the essay/article on why time seems to go faster as we age. I think another reason is as we age, we become more accutely aware of the passing of time, and how we cannot hold onto the precious moments, as well as the negative times. I think maybe our fear of death may be part of this too. I believe if we learn to accept life on lifes terms we will be a lot happier and lot less anxious. When I became a grandmother, I felt it helped me feel more comforable with aging and time passing. I suppose its true about our offspring giving us a sense of inmortality.. Time is precious and how we use it should matter....

— vee , Fri, 05 Apr 2013 07:38:04 UTC

Source of translated article "Rejuvenation" is: www.astra-systems.net

— ...Lina..., Mon, 25 Feb 2013 19:08:12 UTC

Rejuvenation Those of you who are over 30 years old or more, are familiar with the phenomenon of acceleration of time. As a child, all of us feel that the time is very slow. The more old you are, the more clearly you see, that calendar year in childhood or adolescence is not the same time feel, when we reach adulthood. In the subconscious of human there is a biological clock, which determines the aging process. The speed of biological clocks is not the same during our life time. People do not get old proportionally to their calendar age. Some look much older than his years, others - younger. Now, imagine a spiral in the form of a cone. The widest turn of a cone, at the bottom of a spiral, the shortest turn - on top. That's a spiral of your lifetime. Being born, the man starts to move up through the spiral. Repetitive events in his life, is nothing but lessons of life: and if the previous turn of the life problem is not mastered, it is repeated at the next turn of the spiral. The man squeezes the spiral of the time, when no efforts are being made to realize and accept the lessons of life. In this case, it significantly accelerates his aging. Some people do not learn how to solve their karmic problems. The spiral of their lives is very short, full of illnesses and misfortunes. In principle, everyone can run in subconsciousness a different time scale, i.e. you can make time not to shrink but to expand. What it gives? 1. Slowing the aging process with subsequent rejuvenation of organism. 2. Getting rid of the existing illnesses and disease prevention in the future. 3. Harmonization of the individual, his enlightenment, relief from the burden of karmic problems. 4. Significant prolongation of life. When you look at your photos in youth, you notice that they cause the certain feelings, typical to you at that time of photo. So, if these images and emotions to back up in a certain way by audio signal, that modulated with low frequency waves, the subconscious begins the process of verification of the "current time" with the timeline of period from photo. This allows you to reload the internal clock on a countdown, to slow the aging process and the beginning of rejuvenation. The next steps are to work with audio discs that allow gradually expand the "turns of the spiral." Using disks provides for active and passive meditation, complex of breathing exercises. By itself of rejuvenation technique, known for a very long time. We just perfected it and brought it into technical aspects related with rapid development of computer technologies

— ..Lina.., Mon, 25 Feb 2013 18:40:47 UTC

The bottom line : When youth is gone, the party is over ! I have watched how womanizers and the "Belles of the Ball" have frantically tried to continue doing what they used to do only to find that find people were just not interested anymore. I've seen them make desperate, angry attempts to rekindle something that no longer existed. Not being able to get over how time changes things, some have found solace in the bottle and talking always about the dayz that are no more.

— Peggy, Sun, 10 Feb 2013 18:20:44 UTC

I have often thought about the subject myself. The best explanation I ever heard on the subject of time passing so quickly is as follows: To a four year old, a year is one quarter of his life. To a forty year old, a year is only 1/40th of his life. The forty year old preceives a year as a smaller piece of his whole life.

— Mike Herries, Mon, 31 Dec 2012 21:02:38 UTC

HI, the last comment may be one of the reasons why time is peceived to moving faster. In my own opinion,when we are young at an early age, =there are many roads of opportunities in front of us. We believe that there is time to take each and every road in the coming years.But at an early age , in childhood, we do not think about who will cook for the dinner, who will pay the utilities, who will go to the shop ... briefly we didnot think about responsibilities.So in childhod we are surrounded by parents who are young and perceive that there are plenty of time and every thing is easy. As we get older, we start to realize that we have to take our own responsibilities, so have to sacrifice some activities, we have to earn a living ... to be able to get our basic needs...like food, shelter and ave to assure our existence. All these are often measured in terms of money. Our spectrum of activities are governed byour means and money. The less money we have the less activities we are exposed , thsu wehave to work much more.. hence we do not have time. We must at the same time , try to raise our own family, again some time to sacrifice for extra activities.We can't also do extra extra activities like travelling all the year, we have to work to earn money ... the more things we want to do .. the more time we should invest to have the means to do those... but the less time is left at the end. At very very old age.... we have to concentrate on essential things of life .. about how to earn a decent standard of living, health ...and notime to do all things we dream about when we were younger...hence no time ... and no time to pursue other career ..s no time to satisfy all our wants ....

— alan, Thu, 06 Dec 2012 08:08:46 UTC

Well here's food for thought .i the last time I was on vacation.the time for some reson slowed down and it felt like I was off for a hole month but it was just a week.i think as we get older we have so many plans and to many goals.may be just may be.every once in awhile ,we just need to not have anything planed.just like when we were 3 or 4 before we went to school.we had nothing planed and we were free thoughts.may be we just need to have a nothing day or week.get back the mind of. Child.or if you have trouble getting into it then take a younger one on a walk or a hike.and let them take the leed.and follow them and you will be surprised at what we as grown ups miss out.thiers nothing like the mind of a child.

— Redwing, Wed, 14 Nov 2012 13:39:24 UTC

I think it has to do with perception. As we get older, each year becomes a smaller percentage of our lifetime.

— Fred , Wed, 30 May 2012 13:57:56 UTC

Thanks for your article. Makes a lot of sense what you wrote. I am a born again Christian and I often wonder sometimes if it is God Himself that is simply turning up the progression of time and making it move along faster. :-)

— Roger, Sat, 19 May 2012 13:40:56 UTC

Your article makes sense. It also spurred my thoughts around this issue. With that age of technology we seem to see our lives flash by even more so by the millisecond. There now seems to be a requirement for immediate response. I remember the day when one would post a letter and wait expectantly, a couple of weeks perhaps for a response. Now life does not seem to have many areas that require one to look forward with anticipation. Children often get what they want, when they want it. Email, twitter, facebook, and other means of social networking have changed the way we communicate with one another. Life moves quickly. Babies still take 9 months, for now. Everything else, like big purchases, people just finance it. No waiting around to save for it. We work longer to pay for things we don't need. I believe it is those days without work, without the internet, without social networking, without television, that I'm holding a sweet new grandchild, that time slows down for me.

— Mary Furnas, Thu, 19 Apr 2012 14:55:21 UTC

i often wonder if its to do with my brain slowing down, making me feel like everything is going faster as i try to keep up. Im only 30 but i keep looking back to when i was 20, i already feel my best years are behind.

— lindsey, Sun, 01 Apr 2012 23:28:44 UTC

Thank you Philip for the article - and the others for enhancing comments. This article and the comments remind me of a comment I heard in the movie, Hombre (starring Paul Newman) where an old man character said: "It's shocking to get old...". The "anticipation", and "retrospection" seem to be the two main ingredients built into human psyche that make humans to both look forward to future events and in the meantime re-adjust themselves against upcoming events - almost like a feedback loop! Perhaps it is the feedback loop that sometimes act as "time accelerator" and at other times as "time decelerator".

— Seif, Wed, 28 Mar 2012 12:13:55 UTC

Thank you Philipp Yaffe for sharing these interesting thoughts. As we're drifting through the time we already belong to eternity.

— Christian Schorr, Thu, 10 Nov 2011 13:11:11 UTC

As we age, everything we do slows down like an old motor. Time is a constant that we humans slide on. The rate of speed is measured in hertz. As we age this frequency drops i.e our ability to perceive things are much slower hence creating the illusion that time is moving faster.

— moe, Sat, 29 Oct 2011 03:34:30 UTC

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