I am notoriously atrocious at managing my time, and often thing that time is my greatest nemesis. I know, it isn’t. Shaytaan is. But one of the symptoms of his devilish presence is my mismanagement of that most precious of commodities, which once gone never comes back. Not even a split second of it. So, it was with much interest that I read this week’s LA Times’ Health section articles on time. Did you know that
Neuroscientists have come to recognize that patients with devastating brain disorders such as Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases greatly underestimate the passage of time. Poor timing is a hallmark in several psychiatric conditions, including schizophrenia, autism and attention deficit disorder.
That is astonishing…I never would have thought that people having a poor perception of time actually might have further medical implications. And then there was this:
At the other end of the time spectrum is the elusive — but tiny — stretch of time we call “now.”
For most people, researchers have come to define the optimal “now” — give or take a second or two — about 2 1/2 seconds long, basically a human’s typical span of unconscious attention.
Those whose “now” interval is much shorter than 2 1/2 seconds are readily distracted and thus unlikely to stay on task long enough to make full sense of their surroundings and respond appropriately. If “now” is much longer than that, people’s powers of attention may be too rigid to shift when necessary to keep up with changes in their surroundings.
This sounds like something totally not worth blogging about at 12:30 am, but bear with me. This is useful stuff; think about it. If you are not sure if you’re dealing with either an ADD kind of person, or alternatively a person with tons of staying power but unable to process data quickly, you can just ask them, “How long does now, this moment in time, exist?” If they tell you it’s an hour-long, then you’re probably dealing with someone who needs time to assimilate changes and going too fast for them might cause rifts in your relationship. Alternately, if there idea of now is a second, then you’re probably going to have to learn lots of cool yo-yo tricks or something to keep them interested. Well, that’s how I plan to use that information, anyway. So, how long is now, to you? Seriously. My now is about 5 seconds. I’m a bit slow. And also a tad bit ADD. There’s way more in these articles, but both my ADD and my need for sleep are kicking in…so I’ll either get back to the issue of time later, or let you guys read it yourselves.