Sometimes we do not understand how time passes, and sometimes seconds do not pass. What exactly is the reason for this difference in perception? Let’s try to explain simply.
Sometimes we feel that time passes very quickly and sometimes it is slower than it should be. In fact, this is an illusion that has a solid foundation in our minds.
Time flow rate
Our time experience is flexible; in some cases it flows fast, in others it slows down. There are even some states of consciousness (under the influence of psychedelic drugs or drugs, in traumatic situations) that have sometimes been seen to slow down to an extraordinary degree. The underlying reason is the way we experience time. We can compare this to the experience of “real warmth and felt warmth”.
There are some psychological processes behind our different time experiences. These processes have many basic symptoms experienced by most people. One of them is that it seems to move faster as time goes on. The illusion that this time passes fast is actually a situation related to our routines. Another is the feeling that time slows down when we are exposed to new environments and experiences. This is about going out of routine. For example, if you are going somewhere for the first; the way to go will be long and the return way will be shorter. Because the way to go is out of routine for you and the brain processes a lot of information to routine it. so the way back becomes routine for you.
These two laws stem from the same fundamental factor: the relationship between our experiences of time and the amount of information (including perceptions, emotions, and thoughts) in our minds. The more information our brain processes at that moment, the slower time passes for us. It’s like slowing down a computer under load.
Slow as a child, fast as you age
This partly explains why time passes so slowly during childhood and begins to accelerate as we age. The world for children is a place full of new experiences and fresh sensations. For an adult, it constantly processes the information it receives from its environment, because most things are new to a child. As we get older we have less and less new experiences and the world around us becomes more and more familiar, that is, our mind becomes routine. This is where time changes in our experience. It makes us think that the days pass one after the other faster, that we are getting older more and more rapidly. In fact, this error is entirely due to the frequency of our minds processing information.
Getting routine means we are processing less information, and if time seems to be speeding up for us, then our experience of time in an unknown environment must expand. Because in an unknown environment, our minds inevitably process more information than normal because we are out of routine. For example, when you go to a foreign country, you are much more sensitive to your environment. Everything is foreign and new, so you pay much more attention and process more information. The same is true when learning or experiencing new things with a group of unfamiliar people. If you follow your normal routine instead, time will pass perceptually faster for you.