Time flying by as we age isn't just something we imagine, there is actually a scientific explanation behind why it feels that way.
Do you remember when we were kids and it felt as if the days would last forever? Especially summer days when we would be out playing with our friends. Fast forward 20 to 30 years and each day seems to pass by as quick as a flash, but why is that? Most of us probably just attribute it to the fact that we are busier and sadly having a lot less fun.
It's a phenomenon that all of us experience as we age so it can't just be a coincidence, right? Well, turns out it's not. There is actually science behind why time seems to fly by as the years pass. Adrian Bejan of Duke University recently explained why exactly this happens and assured us all that we are not going crazy via Science Daily.
Bejan explained that it is all down to how quickly or slowly our brains process images. When we're young, our eyes pick up far more new images than when we're older and our brains process them a lot more quickly. As we grow older, our nerves and neutrons become bigger and more complex. That makes the paths longer to traverse and on top of that, they also degrade as they age which makes the process even slower.
For those still struggling to understand what this all means (because we certainly were) here's what that means exactly. When you were a child, you would have acquired and processed a lot more images than you do as an adult over the course of the day. Due to the fact that we now acquire fewer images during a single day, it feels as if we are seeing less over the course of a day and hence time appears to be passing by more quickly. Get it?
For physical evidence of this taking place, take a look at the eyes of your toddler or young child next time you get the chance. You might well notice that their eyes are almost always moving, constantly taking in new information. The shorter and fresher nerves and neurons are likely why children learn new things faster than adults, although that wasn't covered in Bejan's explanation.