The full quote is worth your while:
It's admittedly a long read, but one of the funniest books I've ever read, chock-full of absurd conversations and timeless satire.
I love this book like few other novels, partly because it has so much more impact than a simple comedy would..
This also happened to me when spending six weeks backpacking in Europe. At some point, the novelty itself became routine. Another castle, another hostel, another view, another language, another transit system. I knew it was time to head back to home base when I felt like I was losing the capacity to be awed by things that were objectively awesome. A couple weeks of being stationary was all it took to get that back a bit.
In order to slow down time, you need not just novelty, but also changes in real circumstances.
Yes. Similar experience here. I moved countries at 40. The first few months it feel like being 20 years younger. I wanted to see everything and went around discovering each place possible.
But, I am not young anymore. Nowadays, my new country is my new home and it feel cozy an familiar and time passes faster than ever.
> This also happened to me when spending six weeks backpacking in Europe.
For me it took longer. I have visited Japan 5 times, usually 5-6 weeks each time. I have visited temples, museums, parks, events, ... The last time I spend half of the time shopping. As, I felt that each new temple is similar to the previous one.
Even traveling to South Korea, and China it does not slows time so much. I guess that the similarities with other Asian countries makes my brain feel like "I have seen that one before".
I would be very interested in knowing if the problem is just age or to have seen already many things. Probably a combination of both.
Doing something dull, repetitive, routine will seem to take a long time in the moment. However, looking back it won't leave the impression of a lot of time having pased, as your brain will compress similar experiences into one.
The article argues for trying to slow down time looking back (which makes sense to me), but some comments in this thread (bringing up things like meditation) are talking about slowness it the moment.
These days I try to fill my free time with things I consider substantive. Projects, long leisurely meals with friends and family, interesting trips, good books, good food, etc. however at this moment some of those are in short supply so I’m trying to rekindle old hobbies like writing, tinkering, and music.
Kidding aside, meditation can help, as can just being out in nature without keeping your mind busy by stressing out with a screen in front of you.
Meditation goes very quickly for me if I am comfortable, but if I have any kind of sitting pain, it is an unbearable odyssey.
Since moving to the valley and getting absorbed in work, we've stopped doing things. We'll try a new restaurant every week, and maybe go on a day trip every few months. We're coming up on our two year anniversary of moving here and frankly I feel like we could just move on and forget the entire chapter of our life. The last two years feel like 6 months, and that's only because we got married last year and took a week long honeymoon.
If I look back through my photo album, there is a startling difference in the number of pictures I've taken too. I've started forcing myself to just take random pictures now and then just so I don't end up without a record of this time in my life.
To naively summarize, it’s kind of like counting sheep but instead of sheep you’re counting breaths. You take the time to notice things that you don’t normally notice. Your chest rising and falling with each breath. What do you smell. Notice how much force you exert on your seat as you sit, etc etc.
Ironically, if you are bored then meditation is the absolute best way to find something to do. 10 minutes easily feels like 40 minutes. Your brain will naturally drift and start prioritizing the most important things you need to work on. Maybe you’ve been procrastinating and all of a sudden you have an urge to go deal with that stuff.
After meditating you have a good sense of what you need to do next, which unfortunately can then make time speed up as you get busy.
The best way I can describe my experience in this state, that I’m able to reach from time to time, is like being in between frames of film - I’m in the dark part after one frame, not reaching the next, and everything is just still.
Controlled but yet completely uncontrolled and a few minutes feels much much longer, but nothing makes me want to leave.
After the first time it happened I ran out to my wife and yelled “holy expletive! Now I get what this thing is about!”.
It really made a change for me and it makes my brain/mind feel about the same as it does after a run. Fresh.
Some claim that time feels quicker as you get older because each passing minute is a smaller and smaller portion of your life(e.g. summer for a 6 year old is 5% of their life, whereas it is only half a percent of the life of a 50 year old). But I don't buy that.
Time goes quicker as you get older because people get stuck in the same routine, and it is quite easy to compress memories together when you do the same thing every day. So, go explore, every day, even if it is just mental exploration through books or music, and time will surely slow down.
In principle, one might use TACS (transcranial alternating current stimulation) or other rhythmic stimuli to entrain IAP and boost one's frame rate. Present work shows that TACS can lower the frame rate, making people more likely to fuse flickers than distinguish them .
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The interesting part is that it works and has measurable results. From memory, subjects that have been made to feel that times goes slower would be able to count more objects in the same (objective) time.
I would have thought most people would be feeling the opposite. After the initial disruption, life in lockdown has become a monotonous routine. I find it strange to be in September already.
Not everyone would make a good parent or want to be one. That’s fine. There’s so many ways to live a whole life. But for me, becoming a parent made time simultaneously slow right down and race by.
I’m typing with one thumb as I rock my youngest to sleep so I’ll keep it short: you do countless things every single week that you probably never would have done again. And as they grow up those things constantly change. Variety keeps my weeks feeling absolutely loaded with meaningful segments. But it also flies by given how fast they grow as people.
Off the top of my head, this weekend only: climbed a playground, ran through a sprinkler, sidewalk chalk, played Mario 2, made trains from construction paper, remembered how to draw a star with one stroke. I danced and I sang.
It truly does slow life right down subjectively. I’m cherishing every moment. I didn’t think it was going to be this fulfilling.
It's not for me, but it's nice to hear people who actually enjoy it, not just going through the motions because "that's what people do".
They go in opposite directions:
- novelty -> time flies in the moment but seems much expanded when you remember it
- boring and repetitive activity -> time seems to crawl in the moment but in memory it seems to vanish
Another way to increase the subjective feeling of time is to be a parent.
The relationship we've created with time makes us want to rush through things quickly. This is where the "time flies" feeling can come from. It actually makes us less resourceful and less productive. By placing less of a premium on time we widen our options in all things - life and work included.
― George R.R. Martin
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