The Proportionality Theory

Samizdat copies of Nabokov's works on display ...
Does Time Speed Up as We Age?
And why it Slows Down When We’re Afraid and Gets Warped on Vacation
Relax and enjoy life if you’re not 40 yet. When you hit that age, you will age faster and faster (theoretically or literally — you decide)

Did the tempo of life accelerate making things from the past, including time, appear slower?

‘…Inversely, time seems to speed up as we get older — a phenomenon of which competing theories have attempted to make light. One, known as the “proportionality theory,” uses pure mathematics, holding that a year feels faster when you’re 40 than when you’re 8 because it only constitutes one fortieth of your life rather than a whole eighth. Among its famous proponents are Vladimir Nabokov and William James. But Hammond remains unconvinced:

‘The problem with the proportionality theory is that it fails to account for the way we experience time at any one moment. We don’t judge one day in the context of our whole lives. If we did, then for a 40-year-old every single day should flash by because it is less than one fourteen-thousandth of the life they’ve had so far. It should be fleeting and inconsequential, yet if you have nothing to do or an enforced wait at an airport for example, a day at 40 can still feel long and boring and surely longer than a fun day at the seaside packed with adventure for a child. … It ignores attention and emotion, which … can have a considerable impact on time perception…’
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What is Your Real-World?
Is your real world with real people?
As time passes by, the online people on the digital world is becoming my ‘real world’. Netizens are more tolerant and less judgmental and most are more intelligent. I know that we should physically connect with people for better health (and even business). But it seems to me I’m healthier when I’m with my real world which is the digital one. Maybe I would be happier with the physical world — if only I could connect with the real people I need.


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