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As time progresses, we tend to feel that each year is relatively faster.

I propose that the reasoning for this is because of the fact that the proportion of the additional year to one's entire lifetime is decreasing as time progresses.
In other words, if a 5 year old is going on year 6, the additional year is (1/5) 20% of his or her entire life, so therefore the additional year seems to "feel" like a long time. If this individual grows to be 20 years old, the next additional year is (1/20) 5% of their life. I believe this is the reasoning for the feeling of each additional year in one's life to feel "faster."

Any thoughts or other ideas?

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  • Oct 6 2012: "As time progresses, we tend to feel that each year is relatively faster."

    Not entirely: your teens and early twenties will seem the longest and will be the easiest to remember, your childhood memories will fade and childhood will seem to have been really short.
    • Oct 6 2012: That is a good observation, but this "relativity of time" conversation isn't concerned with memories of your past life experienced at an old age; it is about time on the margin (each additional year or other unit of time).

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