Ever tried eating a clock? It’s very time consuming
It’s about time.
In my small discussions, most had agreed with me that time was truly an illusion. As I brought up the malleable concept of time, and examples such as daylight savings and leap years most became more convinced because it is something we all experience. The thing about time is that it applies to everyone, so bringing up the idea of our personal perceptions of time, and how some days seem slower or faster, it’s a topic everyone can relate to. Even in other parts of the world, the time it is here is not the same as New Zealand. There were questions brought up that time must exist, the example brought forward was when this particular person threw a pillow into the air and said that time has passed, when the pillow was thrown up and when it landed. Something must be there in between the time the pillow fell and that something must be passing between the time that you read the first word and when you read this one. Time being so abstract and complex leads to more and more confusion.
Phil’s Day Off:
For my PDO I wanted to explore my own perception of time and compare it to our society’s version of time. I decided to try out different activities and analyze how much time I believed it was and how much actually passed and why. We all know the common phrase “time flies when you’re having fun” so I decided to test it.
How will my perception of time change depending on the activity chosen?
- -Do different activities
- -Start timer at beginning of activity
- -Carry on activity without paying any attention to time
- -Stop timer when I believe that an hour has passed
Right when I woke up in the morning my perception of time was already off, what felt like 11:30am when it was actually 9:34am.
- Working out at the gym : 38 minutes
Later in the afternoon I decided to go to Club 16. Being that working out is nothing new to me and is something I compel myself to do often, I predicted that one hour to me would feel close to an actual hour. I was surprised to find that what I believed was an hour was only 38 minutes and it made me feel like an unfit, lazy oaf. I realized that because my workout like most, consists of many reps and sets. Having to do the same move over and over, while tiring myself out must have contributed to the factor of time “moving slower”.
- Spending time with SO: 1:09 minutes
Typically when spending time with someone you genuinely enjoy, time seems to “move faster”. I chose to spend time with le boyfriend, who’s company I typically enjoy. For the experiment we did nothing that might alter the time perception, so we just sat and talked. Not having spent time with him in a while, it was lovely to catch up. As cheesy as it may sound, time really seems to pass quicker when I’m with him. This is nothing new to us or our parents when they complain about how much time we need to see each other. Of course this doesn’t only applies to good friendships as well.
- Reading: 42 minutes
The results for this one actually surprised me, I completely forgot that I genuinely enjoy reading. When I was younger I would typically read a lot more, but as I got older there just never seemed to be enough time for it unless I’m on vacation and even then I tend to get lazy and watch TV instead. The book was another reason why I thought time would be slower, I was reading George Orwell’s “1984” and while it is an important book to read and to understand how Orwell accurately predicted the society that we grow close to everyday, it can be quite slooooow. Also the idea of reading the book for English Class and to aid this experiment, I anticipated that not truly wanting to do it for my own pleasure would make time appear slower.
- Homework: 35 minutes
Homework being the activity that would seem the most slow, was expected. Especially doing homework for a class that I don’t really need and doing it for the sake of getting a good grade make the task grueling. Perhaps if I found the subject interesting, or genuinely wanted to learn more for my personal interest, time wouldn’t go as slow.
To wrap up this Phil’s Day Off, the experiment concludes that doing things I found stimulating or being in the company of someone I truly enjoy seem to make “time go faster” while boring/tedious activities seem to make “time move more slowly”. In the future, to look more in depth into the subject, I think it would be beneficial to look into other factors such as the time of day and the amount of sleep received. It would also be interesting to try out more activities and maybe the opposite of activities such as spending time with a person you despise, which I thought about but did not want to put myself through.