Time Is Relative

This animation, of psychologist Philip Zimbardo lecturing?on the six different ways people perceive time, takes about 10 minutes to watch. Depending on your time orientation, it might seem to take far longer, or seem to rush by. Understanding which “time zone” we inhabit, Zimbardo says, has profound effects on every aspect of life.? (HT: Kottke) [%comments]


AaronS

That was both beautiful and elegant!

I believe in an after-life, but I also try to remember that there are only so many weekends I will spend on this earth. So I seek to dedicate these fleeting times (as well as mornings and evenings) to being involved with my son and family.

I don't want to turn 80 and have the deep regret that, when I could, when I was able, I used my energy for temporal things that do not satisfy that deep and precious place inside.

Let my time be spent with my wife and son, rather than on yet another "project" that I can come up with to keep me occupied. I'd rather die a little poorer in dollars than bankrupt in what really matters.

Zack Brown

As a 27 year old (born the same year as the NES) who played more than 10,000 hours of video games before the age of 21, I'm a little offended by the characterization of gaming virtuosos as people with poor social skills. It's a tired conventional wisdom, so I expect the Freakonomics blog to tackle that next (or let me do it!). Zambardo does a lot of extrapolating here--view with great skepticism.

Philippe

The protestant vs catholic thing had me wondering what it means about having no more protestants on the Supreme Court.

Rudiger in Jersey

Much of our technology and materialism in this modern life is devoted to saving time, like washing machines, frappachino machines, vaccum cleaners, power tools, and fast cars. But ironically all that saved time goes to one thing: more television watching.

Imagine how much better we would be if we devoted those hours to perfecting a skill or improving our minds. Playing 10,000 hours of video gaming: Imagine the opportunity cost lost of instead playing classical piano, doing calculus, studying quantum physics or inventing an alternative energy source.

It is not just being time oriented, it is having the discipline and strength of mind and work ethic to progress and mature. Our children are big babies with educated thumbs on their joysticks.

Too bad they are not spending 10,000 hours learning a trade or how to be self sufficient. The teenager you don't chastise today, may be the 55 year old gamer living in your attic rent free and asking 'what's for dinner, ma?'

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David

There are lots of ways to detach from the present and those around us, from daydreaming, to reading, to phone, to boob tube, to computers/email/web/youtube and video games... The dreamed about worlds have always been compelling, and they've always been a "concern" for how it's "changing" culture...yet culture is dead if it's not changing.

David Chowes, New York City

Groucho trumps Dr. Zimbardo. Marx (not Karl) said that one
minute in a dentist's chair seems like an hour; while one hour with his girlfriend seems like just one minute.

charlie

this took AGES to buffer - at least 2 seconds

hanmeng

Luxembourg has the highest GDP in the world, yet is 87% Catholic.

Andre D

I thought it was great. I have a 10 year-old son and I can see the logic in Prof. Zimbardo's argument. From the 50's on the generation gap was most obvious in our choice of music; now it will be how we perceive time.

Manny

With all due respect Phillipe, catholics have a longer tradition of applying justice and specially judging, protestants are just "chosen" and their actions don't have to be judged. I think it's wise to have more catholics in the Supreme Court.

Eric M. Jones

@8- hanmeng: "Luxembourg has the highest GDP in the world, yet is 87% Catholic."

Actually the Vatican has a higher GDP and is 100% Catholic.

The US GDP is 15 Trillion dollars, so I think the US has them both beat.

Kel

@4

"Our children are big babies with educated thumbs on their joysticks.

Too bad they are not spending 10,000 hours learning a trade or how to be self sufficient. The teenager you don't chastise today, may be the 55 year old gamer living in your attic rent free and asking 'what's for dinner, ma?'"

Wow, maybe #2 was on to something. Did I miss a note about spending a couple of hours a day on average (2.49 hours a day assuming he played 10,000 hours from the age of 10 up to 21) on entertainment making people invalids? It's possible to balance work and play, and like any other demographic I can think of, the gamers I know range from college dropouts to department heads.

GLK

Rudiger in Jersey wrote: Much of our technology and materialism in this modern life is devoted to saving time, like washing machines, frappachino machines, vaccum cleaners, power tools, and fast cars. But ironically all that saved time goes to one thing: more television watching.
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Actually, studies have shown that these technologies have not increased the modern human's leisure time in any significant way. Our leisure time is about the same as what it was 50 years ago. There seems to be something inherent in human behavior that causes us to fill the time freed by modern conveniences with more work. That said, I'm not an advocate of watching TV because studies have also shown a direct link to depression amongst avid TV viewers.

Alex

So we shouldn't call the young generation "lazy" or the old generation "control freaks". But beyond that, what are we supposed to do?

Dan

Interesting comment about the lack of a direct future tense in Sicilian- I think that's the first fatalist interpretation of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis I've ever come across...

Aleks

@11: That's per-capita GDP.

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2004rank.html

Luxembourg's not at the top, but it's definitely up there, and definitely higher than the United States.

I'm curious as to where you got your numbers for the Vatican. As far as I can tell, they have no domestic production at all.

Dimich

Just stumbled across the weird shop http://www.worldtimeinstitute.com I don't know if that can add me some luck and change my life. But having the paper they provide over my desk doesn't allow me to forget where I want to be in 3 years. It disciplines and strengthen me. They are odd but right, all depends on myself that I didn't believe even a year ago.