Just how long is five minutes?

One thing that I did not like when I was growing up was when my mother would leave me in car and say she would only be five minutes in the store. It seemed like an eternity before she would ever come back. Though I am not, I going to pretend that I am a scientist and explain this great mystery so that you can contemplate how it effects your life.

Ultimately our perception of time is related to the amount of time we have been alive. For example a week to a one year old, is about 2% of his life. For a 30 year old, 2% is 31 weeks. Five minutes for a 30 year old is about 0.000032% of their life. Five minutes for a 5 year old is roughly 6 time larger percentage. The older you get the smaller the percentage of your life is five minutes.

So the next time you are going to leave your child somewhere remember your 15 minutes will seem like three hours to him.