Why time seems to go by more quickly as we get older

When you’re a child the summer holidays can seem to last forever, but as we get older six weeks can fly by.

To a ten-year-old, a year is only 10% of their life, (making for a slightly more tolerable wait), and to a 20-year-old it is only 5%. On the logarithmic scale, for a 20-year-old to experience the same proportional increase in age that a two-year-old experiences between birthdays, they would have to wait until they turned 30. Given this view point it’s not surprising that time appears to accelerate as we grow older.

Kit Yates from the University of Bath, Department of Mathematical Sciences explains “Why does time seem to go by quicker as we age?” for The Conversation UK