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The Passing of Time During the Pandemic Confinement

Roger Kimball, The Epoch Times

As our enforced leisure reminds me, our experience of time is not strictly linear. It may often seem to speed up as one gets older. That summer holiday that seemed to stretch out forever when one was in grade school goes by in a flash once one hits middle age. Yet there are several things that can put a brake on one’s experience of time. One is novelty. Go someplace new for a couple of weeks. The first few days always seem much longer than the last when one has become used to a new routine and fresh sights. There is also the curious effect of boredom, which seems to elongate the present while accelerating one’s experience of longer stretches of time.