This Interactive Website Tries to Explain Visually How we Perceive Time

Hour glass

We have experienced this: As you grow older, time seems to move faster than when you were a kid. Well, there is this interactive website that attempts to explain this phenomenon by using a fun visual aid.

This project made by Maximilian Kiener is quite easy to use. All you have to do is to scroll down and the animations will continuously reveal the various ages and their perception to time, for example when you are 4 weeks old, a week is a quarter of your life but by the time you turn 50, a year will be only a fiftieth of your life.

time machine

A French philosopher named Paul Janet came up with this theory in 1827 where “the apparent length of an interval at a given epoch of a man’s life is proportional to the total length of the life itself.”  Between age 10 and 30th, you’ll see from the interactive timeline that time seems to accelerate which is true because people tend to say “Youth is short”. After the age of 30, the “acceleration slows” but since every year during that period is only a thirtieth of your life, it is still relatively short.

Another metric that has been covered is analogy between money and time. There is this famous phrase where time is money & economists have demonstrated that when there is more money in the market, it’s worth decreases. In the same way, the longer you live, the shorter a year feels.

For the best experience, you need to visit the website on desktop.