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Farrukh Yakubov

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Does your perception of time change as you age?

As you get older, do you think same unit of time feels shorter, longer, or the same? i.e. How long/short does a day, a week, a month or a year feel now compared to when you were a kid.

This may be different for each individual. Regardless of where you stand, why do you think your perception of time does/does not change?

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    Jan 30 2014: I think, a day feels longer when we have more new impressions. When we spend the day in routine, the time flies by.

    With this in mind, as children, we have lots of new information and impressions. Eyes are sharper, colors are brighter, we can hear more frequencies, etc. So days, months, and years seem longer. As we get older, we get absorbed in everyday routine, eyesight is not as sharp, and after seeing the same things every day we don't even pay attention. The weeks and months start passing by without us even noticing.

    That's my theory, anyway.

    Perception of time may have something to do with metabolism as well.

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