Today is Thursday and many of my contemporaries will participate in a social media phenomenon aptly called Throwback Thursday. In case you’ve been living under a rock, the urban dictionary defines it as:
When you put a picture from a “while” ago on your social media sites.
Example: “omq Throwback Thursday, I needa find a photo of myself from like hella lonq ago and post it on facebook.”
Up until recently I worked with teenagers and they informed me that Facebook was passé. Facebook was for old people like their parents, (and come to think of it my parents), and that all the teenagers were now on a much better social media platform, one that does not encourage writing because come on, if the cliché is true, a picture is worth a thousand words. Yup, you’ve guessed it, Instagram. I informed them that Facebook had purchased Instagram, so technically, they were still on Facebook, but just then something shiny started beeping at them and their very short attention spans were drawn elsewhere.
As a woman in her thirties I always laugh when a teenager thinks that 30 is old, but that week I started to notice something on Facebook. The teenagers were gone, no big deal, but my contemporaries were out in full force, posting pictures of themselves on #TBT as teenagers. I scrolled down my news feed and saw photo after photo of who my friends had been and what they had looked like 15 years ago and that’s when it hit me. That was 15 years ago! Like sands through the hourglass, holy crap, the years have gone by fast.
Ok so Science tells us that time does not speed up with age despite how it may feel. According to a study done by Dr. Marc Wittmann of the Institute for Frontier Areas of Psychology and Mental Health, in Germany, “Most adults do not explore and learn about the world the way they did when they were young; adult life lacks the constant discovery and endless novelty of childhood.” In other words, they have discovered that in youth, when everything is new, time will feel eternal, while in old age, when nothing is new, time feels like it passes by much too quickly.
So I guess the fact that 15 years have passed by in a blur is only an illusion caused by the fact that my mind is not overly stimulated as it was in childhood. And maybe soon Science will discover that aging is only an illusion too. A girl can dream…
By: W. Castellanos-Wolf