The idea that time flies faster as you age is a commonly held truism and has been upheld by research. But several new studies highlighted in the BPS Research Digest blog indicate otherwise:
Age accounted for four per cent of the variance in how quickly participants said the last ten years had passed and just one per cent of the perception of time’s speed in general. By contrast, how busy and rushed people reported feeling accounted for ten per cent of the variance in subjective speed of time. Consistent with this, women reported feeling more rushed than men, on average, and they perceived time to go by more quickly.
Quite why the idea that time speeds up with age is so widely believed requires further study.
The authors of the study, William Friedman and Steve Janssen, said ‘The answers to these questions may shed light on a topic that has engaged philosophers and psychologists for more than 100 years.’
Does time seem to move faster for you as you age? Why do you think this phenomenon is so widely believed to be true (especially considering it may be completely false)?
Hat-tip to The Daily Dish.