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Do You Ever Imagine Why Time Flies? The More Reason why it must not be wasted unnecessarily

Do you ever feel like time is just flying

by so fast, with days and activities that

seemed to last forever as a child going

by so quickly now? Well, a researcher

believes he can now explain the

phenomenon, answering the question:

Why does time fly by so fast as we grow

older?

Looking at the date and realizing we’re

now almost a quarter of the way through

the year when the holidays seemed like

just last week can leave us

dumbfounded – where did all that time

go? And, why do the days seem so

much shorter than they did when we

were younger?

According to Duke University (NC, USA)

J.A. Jones Professor of Mechanical

Engineering, Adrian Bejan, this apparent

temporal discrepancy is due to our

aging brains obtaining and processing

images much slower.

“People are often amazed at how much

they remember from days that seemed

to last forever in their youth,”

commented Bejan. “It’s not that their

experiences were much deeper or more

meaningful, it’s just that they were being

processed in rapid fire.”

As we grow older, our nerves and

neurons also grow, meaning signals

must travel further along these

pathways. These pathways are also

degrading as we age, so the signals are

experiencing more resistance.

These factors lead to a decreased rate

of the acquisition and processing of

mental images, resulting in the feeling

that time is passing more quickly

because we cannot view the same

volume of images in the same amount

of time as we did when we were

younger. This is also evidenced in why

babies move their eyes around so

frequently – they are processing images

much quicker and so move their eyes

more frequently to gain more

information.

“The human mind senses time changing

when the perceived images change,”

explained Bejan. “The present is

different from the past because the

mental viewing has changed, not

because somebody’s clock rings. Days

seemed to last longer in your youth

because the young mind receives more

images during one day than the same

mind in old age.”

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Adrian Bejan Duke University J.A. Jones NC USA

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