Why does time seem to go faster as we get older?

Friday 5th February 2010
Submitted by Guest
Joe Nadratowski, USA

Most people agree that the years seem to pass at an ever-accelerating rate. That’s because traditions, anniversaries and celebrations gradually accumulate and merge, so that the difference between each year and the previous one grows smaller and smaller.

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