Did Covid lockdowns warp our collective sense of time? One researcher says that it did!
A psychologist in Liverpool conducted surveys and found that some felt time went slower during lockdowns and others felt it went faster. Results were dependent on emotional states and many people reported upheaval in their emotional state.
“We’re aware of time. We’re aware of the fragility of time. We’re aware of what happens when your time to do the things you want is taken away from you,” said Ruth Ogden, the researcher. “And that’s the real thing that will have changed, is how people value time.”
One person said that this change in perception motivated him to spend more time into his kids. Those of us who were locked down with our kids may feel differently. As in, we’re glad that the kids can now go off to school. That’s what I would have said if she’d asked me. Which she didn’t.