Your Opinion on Time Speeding Up

My husband’s theory is that time is speeding up. Time, in the past, seems to have moved more slowly. People could do more things in the same amount of “time”. For instance, reading what some of the Founding Father’s accomplished in a year’s time seems to be greater than what we can accomplish in a year’s time today. They had jobs and farms and all sorts of the same things to do that we do, yet they managed to write more, participate in cultural activities, socialize and participate in their families and communities while still managing to earn a living. We have all sorts of “time-saving devices” and have less time. Here is an interesting link about a study on the speed of time.

Will you let me know what you think about time? Answer the poll and leave a comment about your examples of when you have felt time speeding up or slowing down in your own life or why you think time has stayed the same.

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  1. DO
    Feb 22, 2008

    This is an interesting theory. I’m not sure about it even though I “feel” the same lack of time. I have a few ideas. First, perhaps I’m more pessimistic but I believe some of this comes from a dumbing down of society with technology. The more we rely on technology and modern “knowledge”, the less we develop our own skills and abilities, physically, mentally and socially. We don’t actually have to be a renaissance man (or woman) anymore, all we need is the internet. We don’t need to learn to communicate, just type. We don’t need to learn to actually clean, just program the Roomba. We spend billions of dollars and untold amounts of time trying to make ourselves “feel good” instead of actually doing stuff (which, by the way, would make us feel good). They got more done, because they had to be better, stronger, faster and smarter than we do. Life was actually hard back then. While all our things appear to be time-saving devices, they may result in a net loss because the wisdom, discipline and experience that comes from the types of difficulties they experienced actually made them better and more efficient in accomplishing all the grand things they did.

    Another thing to remember is that the founding fathers, and others that we learn about in history, were the elites of their time. I think you could find examples of people today who are accomplishing amazing things as fast as those in the past. Conversely, I’m sure you could also find examples of more common people from history who worked very hard yet never really “accomplished” anything.

    Finally, I think we have to be more aware about where our time actually goes. Even the people who think they are using their time wisely. I spend lots of time busy, but not actually doing anything. How many hours a day does the average person spend driving (especially if they have kids in sports, band, choir, church, scouts), watching tv, standing in lines, surfing the internet, talking on the phone, sending emails, etc.? I’ll bet if school, work, play, and sociality all took place in our living rooms we would be amazed at all the left over time we had.

    But as a general rule, I think we are less (at least as a society) for all our “advances.”

  2. Minna
    Feb 24, 2008

    Generally, I have always thought that time moved much slower when I was a child. It may have been just because everything was “bigger” back then: the house, the backyard, the amount of time spent at a weekend trip to grandma’s.
    However, as an adult, I seem to find that every year, birthdays come quicker, summer is shorter, and Christmas is closer than just around the corner. Maybe time only seems to speed up as we age because we understand that we are always moving closer to time’s end, and we find that we are “running out of time” to get life done.
    I hope that makes sense…

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