Make Time Fly with Grammar Punk

Time flies faster the older you get

This time of year makes me think of time flying, which it does. Faster and faster all the time. It feels like we were just ringing in 2010 and yet here it is 2011.   

I recently read an article about this very phenomena, our brains do seem to perceive the past happening slower when we’re young. The article equated the concept to a first kiss, not a bad analogy and one I think the vast majority of us can relate to. Apparently, the brain records new experiences differently than the more mundane ones. Scientists in a lab found that our brains use more energy to represent a memory when the memory is novel. In other words, first memories are dense, whereas more blasé memories are on the sketchy side. In even more other words, the past didn’t really pass more slowly than the present, it just feels that way.

What does this have to do with time flying and the new year, and well, anything? Who knows? I’m just saying that time flies and that it’s flying faster all the time and while I’m not exactly thrilled with the sense of urgency this flying imparts, on the other hand I am. Urgency is good. I think. What do you think? Teachers of English, grammar and writing, what do your students think? Encourage them to write an essay about the relativity of time. That’ll keep em busy for a bit.