today’s the day we return to the corporate world. no wonder people tend to dislike mondays. the weekends seem to be getting shorter each week. well in general every day seems to be shorter than i remember. i’m pretty sure this has to do with the time perception idea of retrospective versus prospective.
basically days feel shorter now than say they did 10 years ago because 1 day right now is a smaller percentage of the time we’ve lived. say for example one year is a longer time for a 7 year old than a 35 year old because the 7 year old has only lived 7 years and 1 year is a large portion of that especially given that the earlier years of lives aren’t very memorable.
to look at this another way is the whole retrospective versus prospective idea. say you’re really looking forward to some event the time you spend anticipating it may feel long but later after that event has passed and some time has gone by, when you think back to that event your perception of how long it actually felt like waiting won’t really be the same. as more time passes the thought of that time spent becomes a distant memory.
i’m probably doing a bad job of explaining this in writing, but i’ll search around for some articles about this topic that will be more in depth and link them below later.