The March – Slow or Fast? – of Time

I don’t know whether time is going fast or slow.

It seems like 9/11 was yesterday, still fresh in my mind. I vividly remember going home from work early and gluing myself to the TV for the rest of the day. That was just a couple years ago, right? Maybe it’s still fresh because the wars we started after 9/11 are ongoing.

But then I read that the iPod and Wikipedia were born in 2001, and it seems like they’ve been around forever. Yet George Bush became president that year, and that doesn’t seem so long ago. So what’s the deal?

Timothy McVeigh was executed in 2001, and the first Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings films came out. Those don’t seem so long ago. But Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman split that year, the Ravens won the Super Bowl, and Andrea Yates drowned her children. Those events seem so, so long ago.

Mac OSX wasn’t released until March 2001. I can hardly remember using its comparatively clunky predecessor, OS9. Surely I must have been in my 20s back then, right? But no, I’ve been using OSX, through six versions, for less than 10 years.

And then:

  • Facebook started in 2004.
  • Youtube started in 2005.

They aren’t any older than that? Are you kidding?

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