Unsure: this makes the return trip shorter than the outward journey

13 Apr 2021Updated: 4 hours ago | 52 people are reading

Unsure: this makes the return trip shorter than the outward journey

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Do you recognize that it feels like your return journey is a lot shorter than the outward journey, while it is exactly the same route? How does that work exactly? We have the answer for you.

Niels van de Ven, psychologist at Tilburg University, comes with the redeeming answer: "The wrong estimate has to do with wrong expectations. During the outward journey, travel time is often underestimated, so that the entire journey or flight takes longer than expected. And the feeling that it took a long time is simply the basis for the expectation of the return journey. " Ah!

Fatigue

Douwe Draaisma, professor in the history of psychology, adds. "Tiredness plays an important role. If you are fresh and cheerful, the memory stores much more than when you are tired. People often estimate a period of time on the basis of the stored reminder. For that reason too, the outward journey seems to take longer . "

Patience

They say patience is a good thing. "People who go on a journey often look forward to their final destination. They are impatient, which makes the journey seem terribly long. People are generally much less excited about the return journey and coming home," says Douwe Draaisma.

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