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Study examines “disintegration” of time during COVID-19 pandemic

Technology Networks, Aug. 25, 2022

August 25, 2022

Study examines “disintegration” of time during COVID-19 pandemic

The passage of time was altered for many people during the COVID-19 pandemic, ranging from difficulty in keeping track of days of the week to feeling that the hours themselves rushed by or slowed down. In prior work, these distortions have been associated with persistent negative mental outcomes such as depression and anxiety following trauma, making them an important risk factor to target with early interventions, according to a study by University of California, Irvine researchers. … Corresponding author E. Alison Holman, UCI professor of nursing [said], “We were able to measure this in a nationally representative sample of Americans as they were experiencing a protracted collective trauma, which has never been done before.