Future Seems Closer than the Past

Inside Science:

Sometimes the day seems to drag on and time can’t move fast enough. Other days, time seems to fly by and time gets away from us.

In general, people experience time as moving toward the future and away from the past. In a new study, social psychologists found that people see the distance of past or future events very differently and that difference, speculates one of the authors, could affect their overall happiness.

“So, a week from now people reported that they felt psychologically closer than a week ago even though it was the same objective amount of time in either direction,” said Eugene Caruso, social psychologist at the University of Chicago.

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