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July 16 2013

Why time speeds up as you age but slows down when you're scared and warps when you are on holiday


As Albert Einstein once said, time only exists 'so that everything doesn't happen at once'. But the problem of it passing too slowly or quickly has now been examined by a psychologist who looked at how our emotions, health and age can dictate the speed of the day in our minds.

BBC Radio 4 broadcaster Claudia Hammond found that time - the most common noun in the English language - speeds up as you get older and passes faster if you are relaxed rather than scared. Her book, Time Warped, also explains how time passes twice as fast if you are in amusing company, rather than with someone who is boring.

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