Why Time Seems To Move Faster As We Get Older

August 12, 2016

It does seem that the older we get, the faster time flies.  Well there is some truth to that statement, according to Dr. Christian Yates.  There are several theories which attempt to explain why our perception of time speeds up as we get older. One theory is that when we are younger our minds are more stimulated with new information and experiences, which means our brains have a lot more information to process.  Just like booting up a computer, time seems to slow down while that processing is taking place.  As we get older, that new information becomes routine and therefore time is perceived to move faster.  Another theory has to do with our pleasure-causing brain chemical, dopamine.  Production of dopamine peaks around the age of 20 and drops throughout our lifetime, making it seem time is moving faster.  However this theory may be the most accurate.  When you are two years old, a year is half of your life (a long time), when you are 10, a year is 10% of your life, slightly longer.  For a 20 year old to experience the same proportional increase in age that a two-year-old experiences between birthdays, they would have to wait until they turned 30. In other words, time slows down because milestones in age become greater.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

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