When I was in middle school, the time between Easter break and the end of the school year felt like 1,000 years. Now if I want to throw a Christmas party I need to start sending out invitations in April, otherwise it’s not enough notice and no one will show up. Why does time seem to go by faster when you’re an adult? Lifehacker has the answer to this age-old mystery.
When our brains receive new information, it doesn’t necessarily come in the proper order. This information needs to be reorganized and presented to us in a form we understand. When familiar information is processed, this doesn’t take much time at all. New information, however, is a bit slower and makes time feel elongated.
You see, the key to slowing down time is constantly putting yourself in new and unfamiliar situations. That’s why every day I break into a different house in my neighborhood and go through all their stuff. When the homeowner comes home from work, they always freak out, but when I explain to them that I’m not a criminal, that I’m simply using their hot tub and eating their food in an effort to manipulate my brain’s perception of time and squeeze every drop out of this sponge called life, they say, “Oh.” Then they slowly back away and call the cops. That’s usually when I start running. Oh, by the way, running from the police, also a great way to slow down time.