There is a theory that time is moving faster and progressively gaining speed.
It is common knowledge that subjectively, time moves faster as you age — one year for a five-year old feels significantly longer than one year for a fifty-year old. But that’s not what I am referring to. I am talking about time itself, on a collective level, picking up speed and moving faster.
If time is moving faster, it would mean that a person who was born in 1900 and died in 1990, experienced more time than a person who lives from 2000 to 2090.
Time itself is extremely complex. And so this theory may be impossible to ever prove. But I say it’s worth investigating…
I didn’t make up this theory myself. I’ve heard it from many other people, but certainly cannot find an exact source with anything to back up this claim. Going through search engines, I can’t find any type of article or post that really dives into this theory. So I’m going to do some digging myself.
Before I go any further, it is important to state that this post is only for entertainment purposes. There is absolutely no scientific evidence to prove that time is speeding up faster.
The universe is expanding faster
The universe has been expanding since the beginning of existence. And now we see that the speed of expansion has been gaining momentum. The expansion of the universe is progressively happening faster and faster. (Source)
The cosmos’s known ingredients and governing equations predict that it should currently be expanding at a rate of 67 kilometers per second per megaparsec—meaning we should see galaxies flying away from us 67 kilometers per second faster for each additional megaparsec of distance. Yet actual measurements consistently overshoot the mark. Galaxies are receding too quickly.“The Universe is Expanding Faster than Expected“
Alongside, our planet is gradually moving away further and further from the sun (source). The exact reasoning for this is unknown, and has been theorized as due to the overall expansion of the universe, or the sun’s loss of mass, or the result of dark matter.
If there is dark matter, or some type of powerful force, that is causing a direct push on the movement of the planets and the stars, it is not impossible to wonder if this could be connected to time itself moving faster.
Our planet’s frequency is changing
The Schumann Resonances refers to the set of frequencies produced by our planet’s electromagnetic waves. They come from Earth’s lower ionosphere and are created from thunderstorms and lightning. Discovered in the 1950s, it was determined that Earth vibrates at a baseline frequency of 7.83 Hz. This frequency shifts slightly, depending on solar activity. (Source)
This frequency, resting at 7.83 Hz, is nicknamed the “heartbeat” of our planet. It has been proposed that this fluctuation of frequency directly relates to human behavior. For example, a higher frequency would lead to more stress and anxiety (Source). However, there is no proof that it could affect our behavior and consciousness.
According to this article, Earth has been pulsing at 7.83 Hz for thousands of years, but that it has been gradually rising since the 1980s. According to the author, rising frequency is proof that time is moving faster now. They state that 24 hours today actually feel like 16 hours because of this. Although the article is compelling and worth reading, unfortunately there are no reliable scientific sources to back up any of these claims.
There are some claims that Earth’s heartbeat has spiked to levels of 15, 25, 30, and higher in the past several years. Sadly I cannot find any reliable sources to prove that.
Looking at the mind
Okay, to sum it all up so far — basically, there’s a lot of stuff happening in space and the planet we live on. In no way can any of this information fully conclude that time is speeding up, so I’m going to go on further.
Moving beyond outer space, I’m going to focus more on inner space — the mind.
The body is physically bound to the laws of physics, but the mind is not. So as time progresses faster, the body ages faster — but the mind is not directly affected by time in the same way. So as the body ages along with time, the mind is lagging behind.
Looking back at previous generations, you can find many significant changes. Overall, it really seems like people are growing up slower and slower — their bodies are progressing at a rate that their minds cannot keep up with.
The body is biologically ready to procreate during late teens and early twenties, and then a woman’s fertility begins to fall as soon as her mid-twenties. For the past several centuries, this was the norm — married and having children by your early twenties. Today, most people aren’t ready for marriage until their thirties.
Kids used to be seen as far more capable of having responsibilities. In my grandparent’s generation, their parenting style was completely hands-off. Their kids would walk themselves to school at the ages of 5 and 6, and would freely roam around the neighborhoods until dark. This has completely changed in that kids, even teenagers, are under constant surveillance and security. Is this due to change in mindset and awareness, or could this be related to the fact that kids are genuinely incapable of holding the same responsibilities of prior generations, because their bodies are aging fast than their minds?
There is something far more youthful about the baby boomer generation, compared to my grandparents time. While my grandparents generation seemed much more close-minded, set in their ways, and resistant to change — baby boomers have actively tried to keep up with the trends and fit in with the younger generations. Their generation marked a time of parents no longer being parents, but “friends” with their kids — getting super involved in their social lives, in a way that their own parents never did.
Not just parenting, but other authority figures such as teachers and bosses developed this attitude. In my grandparents time, teachers and bosses were clearly in authority — they were strict rule-setters. In the following generations, teachers and bosses became more like “friends” to their students and workers. The attitude shifted from “I’m the boss, follow my rules” to “I’m your friend, I want you to think I’m cool.”
Younger generations are much less capable of romantic relationships. In recent times, most people were with their future spouse by the age of 18. Today, high schoolers don’t date — they hang out, they hook up, they may rarely use the title of “boyfriend/girlfriend”, but they do not date. They are no longer emotionally capable of what prior generations their age were. Now, even people in their 20s, 30s do not have real relationships, or do not date with the intention of getting married, but rather to be social and enjoy themselves.
Take a look at music through the generations. In my grandparents time, lyrics were heartfelt love songs. In the boomers time, there were more party songs, but there were also many deep lyrics about the journey of life. Today, all music is either party songs OR cynical, angry, vengeful songs. The emotional maturity of lyrics have significantly decreased. (Not hating on any of it though — I still enjoy most of today’s music… just making a point!)
Let’s hypothesize that time is moving faster — 24 hours feels like 16 hours, the body of a 40-year old has the mind of a 20-year old, the amount of time someone experiences in this life is twice as fast as a person who lived several decades before them, etc…
You can see how the universe is expanding with more and more speed, Earth’s vibration may be getting higher and higher, there is dark matter or some kind of dark force in outer space that is messing with the laws of psychics. As the body moves just as fast as time, the mind can no longer keep up. And so, younger generations are not emotionally ready or capable of the same things that their prior generations could handle.
Your parent is actually closer in age to you than their parent, who was closer to age to them than their parent, etc. Your elders are actually half the age that they seem. And you, you are actually half the age you thought you were. Your ancestors lived far longer days and years, while your life passes in the blink of an eye. If you are fortunate to live well into your senior years, your mind will only feel like you have merely reached mid-life.
If time were truly speeding up, then we would have no choice but to adapt. We would reach a point in which we are living in a world full of children. I suppose the best thing to do would be to work hard on emotional maturity. Or we could build a world that is less responsibilty-focused, in which we could no longer live in a consumer-based society, and instead simply focus on the joy of connection — rather than the stress of constant productivity. But you see, that type of world would be a nightmare for the 1%.
But can you imagine the initial panic that would ensue, if you woke up one day and looked at the news, and saw your government or any official agency pronounce that time has been speeding up? That yes, in fact, your daily 24 hours are actually equivalent to 16? Imagine how anxious, stressed, and upset people would become — because we are addicted to time. We are obsessed with having enough time, getting more time, beating the clock, and so forth. This type of statement would indeed lead to mass hysteria.
Rest assured. There is no proof. Time is time, and will always be the same. The feeling of time moving faster is solely due to the phenomenon of aging. Until we are ever told otherwise.
8 thoughts on “Theory ~ Is time speeding up faster?”
I often think I was born in the wrong time. I much prefer the sweet “I Want To Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles type songs than a lot of today’s love songs. I was just talking to my kids about how lucky they are to get the bus to school, because back in my day, I walked 😄
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Yes me too! That’s a great song!!! Yeah they really are lucky and should realize it! 🤣
I think the people you spoke to were talking about the concept of time dilation but bungled it, and that’s not unusual because it’s deeply weird, hard to believe and runs counter to everything we understand in reality.
The whole “Time is relative to the observer” thing is absolutely true, and time starts behaving in very weird ways the faster you travel. For example, if you’re aboard a ship traveling at .999999c (c being the speed of light), you’ll experience 11 minutes and 47 seconds of subjective time for every single second that passes on Earth.
Obviously we don’t have ships that can do that, but scientists have proven time dilation by syncing atomic clocks, putting one aboard a supersonic jet, and keeping the other on the ground. After the flight, the clocks disagree, showing time did move slower for the clock on the jet. The difference in minuscule at that speed, but it can be measured.
Along with stuff like quantum entanglement, it’s one of those things that doesn’t seem possible in reality, but nonetheless it’s true. In fact quantum entanglement seriously bothered Einstein because it seems to make no sense. All I know is that while I can wrap my head around the concepts, figuring out why these things happen is for people a lot smarter than I am.
This link explains how tiny the dilation is at low speeds:
And this link explains time dilation at high relativistic speeds:
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Wow!!! Great sources! I admit as well that these concepts go beyond my limited capacity. I have heard of this (mainly in sci-fi movies) about how astronauts would age slower because of the high speed of rockets and the distance of space. Anything that has to do with quantum science goes to a whole other level. That is really funny about Einstein. Again, wow, just wow! Time is weird!!!
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Yeah it’s a fairly common thing in science fiction dealing with space travel and it can create some fun plot elements. Probably the most famous example is the original Planet of the Apes, when Charlton Heston sees the mostly-buried Statue of Liberty at the end and realizes he hasn’t crashed on a new planet, he’s returned to an Earth that is unrecognizable because of how much time has passed on the planet while so little time passed for him while traveling at relativistic speeds.
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Ahhhh, the original Planet of the Apes, a classic. What an epic scene!
That is an interesting theory. If time is a dimension connected to space as we often hear, it would make sense that an acceleration in the expansion of space-fabric would also affect time.
The idea also makes me think of Haruki Murakami’s novel Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, where the opposite happens. A scientist states that one can effectively live forever if their experience of time is slowed down, so he creates something that expands the experience of time for one individual. The narrator is accidentally by affected by this invention, but the unfortunate result is that he ends up living an entire lifetime in an internal world while everyone else just sees him staring into space.
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Whoa that’s insane! I should read that book! That sounds freaky and intriguing! “Time” is in my opinion the best focus for a sci-fi story because it’s such an enigmatic concept, while also being the most interwoven part of life.
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