Friday, February 22, 2013

Either Way, The End of a Long Week

Happy Friday! I had to work a full 5 days this week (ugh) but even for those who only worked 4 days, this probably seemed like a looooonnnnngggg week. Why? Well NBC's The Body Odd says it's because we as humans are used to a routine and once you change that up, it messes with our minds:
"If I had to venture a guess, I would say that it could be because four-day work weeks are much less common and are a deviation from the typical five-day work week," Marc Buehner, a psychologist at the U.K.'s Cardiff University who has studied the psychology of time perception, said in an email. "There are some laboratory studies that show that predictable events are perceived as shorter than unpredictable events."
The blog post is interesting because it talks about perception and how, as humans, when we get out of our routine, our perception gets messed up. That Monday routine got squashed because the week started on Tuesday and now you can't figure out what the heck is going on. So while you're bemoaning your 5 or 4 day work-week, imagine how long a 3-day work-week would have been and be glad--just kidding!

Have a great weekend!

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