Time Moves Faster As We Get Older Because of “Chunking”

January 9, 2018

Does it feel like the older you get, the fast time seems to move? It’s as if you blink and suddenly weeks or even months have passed you by. Science says that feeling of time ticking away at an uncontrollable speed because of a concept called “chunking.”

Originally developed by philosopher Douglas R. Hofstadter, he describes chunking as our tendency to collect memories together into bigger chunks as we get older.

Children view experiences as individual events, but adults are more likely to just lump similar experiences together.

That also explains why it feels like time has flown by when looking back at longer periods; we bundle things like our “childhood” or “holidays,” creating the illusion of time moving by much faster.

(H/T: Business Insider)