Why does it seem quicker going home?

@whywiki (6070)
Canada
September 10, 2007 11:46am CST
The age old question. Have you ever noticed when you go somewhere it seems to take forever to get there and when you head home it doesn't seem to take as long? Why do you think that is?
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@flowerchilde (12518)
• United States
10 Sep 07
I have pondered that question many a time myself! - I think maybe, after all these years of contemplating it, that it is because when we are coming back our mind is doing a sort of automatic comparison.. and the drive there seems greater then the drive back, because the total time, viewed from the perspective of the time back, seems greater going forward other than back, as the rest of the time/journey cannot yet be viewed from the trip there..? - Same principle as the older you get the faster time goes (and boy oh boy does life!) because a day when we're a child as compared to the total time of all our days, is vastly greater, then the time of one day in older years which is now compared to the total time and number of days lived..
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
10 Sep 07
I think you are right days just fly by now and when I was in school I remember the days being painfully long.
@estherlou (5020)
• United States
10 Sep 07
I always thought it was the other way around. Going, you are eager for the trip and excited to see new things, etc. Coming home, you are tired, ready to get home, and it seems to take forever.
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
10 Sep 07
Sometimes home seems so distant, especially when you need to use the loo.
@vijay1wdv (357)
• India
10 Sep 07
It is because you spend most of the time of the travel by thinking about the pleasure you can get after reaching your home. As, it is a nice pass time, you wont see your watch for a while and you are being fooled by that illusion. And i repeat, Illusion.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
10 Sep 07
I hate watches they keep reminding me that life just keeps ticking on...
@ketybhagat (4125)
• India
12 Sep 07
Acutally with me it is the other way around. I feel that going somewhere is not so tiring as when returning home. Maybe you have spent all your energy during the day and returning home becomes exhausting. I always look forward to going someplace and dread the return journey.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
12 Sep 07
That is what interests me that people can have the opposite feelings about the same thing.
• Malaysia
12 Sep 07
Yeah, I have thinking about this too. I don't know other people think about the same thing though. I thought it was just me. Lol. Maybe when we are going somewhere we don't know the place yet, that's why we feel as if the place is very far away. Furthermore, we are very eager to reach the place, so without realizing we are counting every seconds and minutes of our journey to the place we are going. However, when we are going home, we are not as excited as going to the new place. So we never counted the seconds and minutes of our journey. We didn't realize the time. And when we reached home suddenly it felt so quick. I think that is the explanation, because I don't know what other reason may contribute to this. Have a nice day, whywiki!
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
12 Sep 07
I think it is interesting that this question has been on the mind of others. Your probably right though.