Why does Time Seem to Go Slower When Staring At the Clock?

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asked Dec 3, 2016 in Mathematics by D (230 points)

Time (seems) to go slower when you look at the clock. 

Anyone understand what i'm going on about, if you let a minute go by without thinking, it seems to go far quicker than if you stare at your watch and waiting for a minute to go by (which seems like 5 minutes)

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answered Dec 5, 2016 by Lilly21 (57,780 points)
I'm not sure why. But I do notice that too.

If I'm not looking at the minute hand or waiting for a minute to pass by it's gone by really fast.

But if I stare at the clock waiting for the second hand to go around it seems to take forever.

Maybe someone else can explain. I'd sure be interested in finding out the answer too.

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