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Distorted time perception during the pandemic tied to stress, poor mental health

Medscape, Aug. 29, 2022

August 29, 2022

Distorted time perception during the pandemic tied to stress, poor mental health

The passage of time felt altered for many people during the COVID-19 pandemic, ranging from difficulty keeping track of the days of the week to feeling that the hours either crawled by or sped up, new research suggests. Results showed the sense of present focus, blurring weekdays and weekends together, and uncertainly about the future were reported by over 65% of the 5661 survey respondents. And more than half reported the experience of feeling “time speeding up or slowing down,” report the investigators, led by E. Alison Holman, PhD, professor at the Gross School of Nursing, University of California, Irvine.