johnny tisdale
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Slowing down time.

November 14, 2021

Time seems to be passing ever more quickly.

I know I'm not the only one who feels this way. But what is the explanation for this seemingly universal aspect of human experience?

In my quest for the answer I did a little googling and found this nifty article on Lifehacker. According to psychologists who study time perception, the reason time passes more quickly as we age is that adult life is more routinized.

When you’re young, new experiences make indents in your memory, leaving you with the perception of lengthened time. But when you do the same thing over and over again, your brain consolidates the repeated action into one memory, making it seem like time has contracted.

Fortunately, there are things we can do to slow down the passage of time. We can mix up our routines, seek out novel experiences, take plenty of photos, keep a journal, and, of course, meditate.