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This Interactive Timeline Explains Why Time Flies By as You Get Older


Did it seem like this year was shorter than the last? This interactive timeline explains how your brain’s perception of time might be changing more and more as you get older to make it seem like time is passing by faster than it really is.

This timeline from Maximilian Kiener suggests that we perceive time relative to the “absolute” time we compare it to. In other words, the longer you’re alive, the smaller a year becomes in relation to your entire life as a whole. For example, when you’re five, a year is 20% of your entire life. When you’re 50, however, a year is only 2% of your life. The timeline, based on a theory from philosopher Paul Janet, lets you scroll down to pass time and explains the concept in a clever, easy to understand way.


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