The Best Reason to Leave Your Comfort Zone

It slows down time.

[W]arping of time apparently does not result from the brain speeding up from adrenaline when in danger. Instead, this feeling seems to be an illusion, scientists now find.

We feel time moving slower when we are in danger or experiencing novel stimuli because of a trick played by the brain’s memory centers.

Instead, such time warping seems to be a trick played by one’s memory. When a person is scared, a brain area called the amygdala becomes more active, laying down an extra set of memories that go along with those normally taken care of by other parts of the brain.

“In this way, frightening events are associated with richer and denser memories,” Eagleman explained. “And the more memory you have of an event, the longer you believe it took.”

Eagleman added this illusion “is related to the phenomenon that time seems to speed up as you grow older. When you’re a child, you lay down rich memories for all your experiences; when you’re older, you’ve seen it all before and lay down fewer memories. Therefore, when a child looks back at the end of a summer, it seems to have lasted forever; adults think it zoomed by.”

I have very distinct memories of sitting in my ninth grade German class watching the second hand on the big white clock over the chalkboard tick by endlessly on its countdown to the 3 PM closing bell. Those last three seconds seemed to hang on for an eternity. Today I can sit at my desk, look at the computer clock, look at it again, and be amazed (and depressed) that an hour flew by. According to this study, I perceive time moving faster than it used to because I am no longer getting enough new experiences in my life like I did as a child. To remedy this I will actively pursue harrowing and stimulating adventures, like bungee jumping, worldwide travel, and multitudes of women.

Multitudes of women.  And traveling to unique locales.

Whoever thought that gaming girls in foreign countries could actually lengthen your lifespan? Science says it is so.





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  1. It’s an interesting study, but sometimes I feel like time flies faster when I am doing something new, that I have never done before. This is conceivably all new experiences.

    It is the repetative tasks, that make time standstill.

    Amy from DCMetrocentric.com

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  2. Actually, the perception of time changes because each unit becomes a smaller part of the life you’ve lived up to that point.

    When I was growing up back in the Stone Age, I remember putting a LP on our “record player”, one side of which lasted what seemed like an eternal 20 minutes.

    By the time the 80’s had arrived, I’d be doing dishes, laundry, or vacuuming the rug while listening to an hour-long CD and thinking “it’s over ALREADY??”

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  3. i wanna pull a rooshv as well.
    perhaps soon, when my lease is up.

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  4. The fact that you “will actively pursue harrowing and stimulating adventures, like bungee jumping, worldwide travel, and multitudes of women” means you’re probably counter phobic–an enneagram type six.

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  5. hawaii, anyone?

    gee, i wish women had the luxury of being dopamine addicts way into adulthood. i guess we do, but it’s not nearly as fun or risk-free as it is for men.

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  6. Such a wannabe Roosh….

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  7. i admit i’m contemplating a roosh-like adventure.

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  8. Speaking of traveling and indiscriminately exchanging diseases:

    HIV Patient Zero Dugas traveled extensively and is thought to have had sex with 2,500 people presumably while infected. AIDS had come to the US and died out with it’s hosts up until Dugas, undetected for years. But Patient Zero put it on our map.

    If he infected 257 people a year (2,500 / 11 years) and each of them infected two people a year, this one person is responsible for infecting 9 million people by the year 1979.

    Interesting.

    More interesting: Some people haven’t learned from this man’s horrific legacy.

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  9. jane – dugas was gay. yes, that makes all the difference.

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  10. he was also uncircumsiced.

    i’ve read MANY studies that uncircumcised men are rapists and are more likely to have AIDS.

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  11. Rinaface, you’re sweet, but are you posting drunk?

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  12. Oh wait — I think I get it — you’re just doing the facetious statistics thing from the Poop post.
    Cheers!

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  13. I feel like i’ve been gone a lot longer than i have.. definitely

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  14. Scientists say that anal passes HIV more efficiently – regardless of gay or straight. (though I’d argue that any anal is gay).

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  15. Dugas was bi. Both men and women (and possibly other species). Not strictly gay.

    You choose, readers.

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  16. Could also be the fact that as a kid, we enjoy the moment for the moment, good or bad. As adults, we’re mired by things that happen in the past issues, and we worry about the future. All that thinking usually puts me into auto pilot and then when I snap to the present, I wonder where the hell all the time went to.

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  17. I have a feeling that you started this blog as a sequel to another blog I read.

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  18. yes, screwing 2499 men and (possibly) one woman makes dugas bi. guffaw. you might as well eliminate the concept of homsexuality from yourworld view, in that all gay men have contact with at least one vagina.

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  19. cjm–

    Yeah, the one they came out of.

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  20. I have a friend, an international lawyer, who (almost)literally does all the continents save Antarctica every single month for business, and has been living this lifestyle for the past 5 years or so. I mean it’s nothing for this guy to be in London, Paris, Vienna, Budapest, west Africa, Dubai, Hong Kong, Seoul and Panama City in one month. Plus, he has a wife and four kids in NYC. Nevermind the havoc this must play with his internal clock, I can only imagine what this does to his marriage.

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  21. Tis a bit of a cliche now, but it’s spot on:

    “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
    – Mark Twain

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