The Reason Why Time Seems To Fly Faster Compared To Previous Years As We Grow Older


Have you ever had the feeling that the past year flew more quickly than the previous one? If your answer is 'yes' and were wondering why it feels like that, check out this post. It has all the information you need why it seems that way. As Heidegger once said ''time is not a thing, thus nothing which is, and yet it remains constant in its passing away without being something temporal like the beings in time.''


This interactive timeline explains how our perception of time is changing more and more, appearing to fly faster and faster. It shows how we felt during the past year, comparing it with our "absolute" time.

It shows how we feel in the past years comparing it to our absolute time.

The timeline was invented by Maximilian Kiener, a BMW design consultant .

This is how it sounds in a simplified form:

A 10-year-old child feels 1 year as 1/10 of their life, and a 50-year-old person feels it as 1/50. Meanwhile, the whole life, obviously, is a constant (or absolute) value.

When a child is only 1 month old, a week is a quarter of their life, and it seems an eternity.

If you’re 14 years old, 1 year is about 7% of your life and also seems quite a big gap.

Yet at the age of 30, a week is just a tiny part of life.

A year for a 50-year-old person is only 2% of life, so you subjectively feel these intervals as insignificant and are sure they pass too quickly.

In other words, the longer we live, the shorter each year seems related to our whole life.

And remember, if it seems to you that one year flies much faster than the previous one, you’re not crazy — you’re just getting older.

Therefore, savor every happy moment because in a few years’ time these moments of joy will zoom by faster and faster.
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