Why Summers Keep Getting Shorter
Fnord12 sent me this Tom the Dancing Bug comic today - "Scientists agree - it's the shortest summer on record".
Coincidentally, this afternoon, Boing Boing pointed me to this article:
Childhood holidays seem to last forever, but as you grow older time seems to accelerate. "Time" is related to how much information you are taking in - information stretches time. A child's day from 9am to 3:30pm is like a 20-hour day for an adult. Children experience many new things every day and time passes slowly, but as people get older they have fewer new experiences and time is less stretched by information. So, you can "lengthen" your life by minimising routine and making sure your life is full of new active experiences - travel to new places, take on new interests, and spend more time living in the present.
If you read the article, you'll find out that the amount of "attentional resources" being used also affects how you perceive time. The more attentional resources used to perform an act, the fewer left to pay attention to how much time is passing, hence time seeming to fly when you're super busy, which is contradictory to the "more information = slower passage of time" thing. Guess it's a balance of the two.
All i know for sure is this article told me to take more vacations, so let's go!
By min | August 23, 2012, 3:14 PM | Science