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Posted 09/05/11 - 8:57 PM:
Subject: Why does time fly
when you're having fun?

Or, when you're past the age of 35? sisyphus

Any theories?
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Posted 09/06/11 - 2:45 AM:

libertygrl wrote:
when you're having fun?

Or, when you're past the age of 35? sisyphus

Any theories?



I doubt the second proposition.


As for the first one, the obvious reason seems to be the way we sense time.

'Time', 'Thought', 'Boredom' are synonymous. The boredom is excess of thoughts. Excess of thoughts not only kills your life force energy but also makes you feel 'heaviness of passage of time'.

The reason why you feel this 'slow passage of time' mostly at times of distress and when you're waiting is: you have too many thoughts triggered by the sensation of pain. In sleep, in coma, in meditation, your organism is using least number of resources and the number of thoughts are also less; therefore the time flies.

If your observation for the second proposition is based on your own life-then, I would like to suggest that you might be interested in observing many other 40+ people and their lives. Do they also share this feeling?
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Posted 09/06/11 - 9:26 AM:

Every single person I've met over the age of 35 has concurred that time goes faster as you get older. The following article also concurs (as do I).

"As people get older, "they just have this sense, this feeling that time is going faster than they are," says Warren Meck, a psychology professor at Duke University.

This seems to be true across cultures, across time, all over the world.

No one is sure where this feeling comes from."

-- www.npr.org/templates/story...tory.php?storyId=122322542

It does cite the theory that novelty of experience is what makes time appear to go more slowly when we're young, but this seems contradictory to the notion that "time flies when you're having fun". The article mentions that older adults seek novelty in experience as entertainment, but theoretically being entertained would make time go faster not slower.
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Posted 09/06/11 - 10:14 AM:

libertygrl wrote:
Every single person I've met over the age of 35 has concurred that time goes faster as you get older. The following article also concurs (as do I).

"As people get older, "they just have this sense, this feeling that time is going faster than they are," says Warren Meck, a psychology professor at Duke University.

This seems to be true across cultures, across time, all over the world.

No one is sure where this feeling comes from."

-- www.npr.org/templates/story...tory.php?storyId=122322542

It does cite the theory that novelty of experience is what makes time appear to go more slowly when we're young, but this seems contradictory to the notion that "time flies when you're having fun". The article mentions that older adults seek novelty in experience as entertainment, but theoretically being entertained would make time go faster not slower.



This is a news to me. I still doubt it, but it's worth exploring. In that case, it's not necessary that you need to be 'happy' in order to make time move faster.

Needs investigation. Great food for thought lib!thumb up
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Posted 09/08/11 - 12:07 PM:

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I still doubt it, but it's worth exploring.

when you are a few years past 35, please do let us know if you have experienced this phenomenon as well!

it's interesting to me too because normally the sensation of pain causes time to (seemingly) move more slowly. and it has often been remarked to me by elderly folks in the doctor's office where i work that one becomes more aware of one's pain as they get older. so it would lead one to believe that time slows down. and yet there is the sensation of time speeding up.

i would speculate that this has something to do with the feeling of time "running out", meaning that the less time you feel like you have left, the greater the feeling of not having "enough" time, thus the feeling that the years are going by too quickly.
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Posted 09/09/11 - 7:27 AM:

libertygrl wrote:

when you are a few years past 35, please do let us know if you have experienced this phenomenon as well!


It's a lot of years. I do hope that I make it that far and stay in touch with you all. thumb up


it's interesting to me too because normally the sensation of pain causes time to (seemingly) move more slowly. and it has often been remarked to me by elderly folks in the doctor's office where i work that one becomes more aware of one's pain as they get older. so it would lead one to believe that time slows down. and yet there is the sensation of time speeding up.


Very paradoxical and puzzling indeed!


i would speculate that this has something to do with the feeling of time "running out", meaning that the less time you feel like you have left, the greater the feeling of not having "enough" time, thus the feeling that the years are going by too quickly.



I doubt it lib. When you're not healthy, no matter you are 25 or 75, the time will pass very slowly. It is more about the quality than the quantity of years you have in your stack methinks.
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Posted 09/09/11 - 7:31 AM:

I had observed these things for a while now and hence I would like to add another observation on it.

Take two individuals A and B.

A is very healthy and joyous but he is not busy---he does this and that and gets bored after some time.

B is very busy but mildly healthy and may be he is doing a lot of hard work in his office and he is engajed in a difficult job.

Observations suggest that the time passes faster for B and not for A. Here, engajement of my becomes more important than the state of health of body and mind in my opinion.

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