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Why time speeds up as you age

Must See 14/08/2018

It feels like Christmas was yesterday, yet we are already in August. Time always seems to go faster the older we get. Holidays as a child appeared to be everlasting, however, if you got that time off now, it would go in a flash.

A new study has examined the theories as to why time goes so cientific= lightening fast as you get older. Dr Christian ‘Kit’ Yates, a lecturer in mathematical biology at the University of Bath explains the reasons in a recent article in The Conversation.

"The theory goes that the older we get, the more familiar we become with our surroundings. We don’t notice the detailed environments of our homes and workplaces, Dr Yates explained.


Children perceive time longer as the world is still reasonably new to them, and they use more brain power to consume what is happening around them. "The theory suggests that this appears to make time run more slowly for children than for adults stuck in a routine,"

The biological reasoning is that if their surroundings stimulate a person, consequently they release dopamine, the happy hormone. By the age of 20 dopamine levels begin to drop, and continue to do so the older you get, this contributes to the perception of time moving significantly faster.

There is also a mathematical reason as to why we perceive time faster as we age. Dr Yates explains it as it all comes down to percentages. His example is that for a two-year-old, a year is half of their life. Which is an incredibly extended period of waiting between birthdays.

To a ten-year-old, a year is only 10 per cent of their life, (making for a slightly more tolerable wait)


 

To put this into perspective, Dr Yates explains that "The five-year period you experienced between the ages of five and ten could feel just as long as the period between the ages of 40 and 80,"

So when you break down time in this form, it shows how short life is, so make the most of it!