You’re Having Fun When Time Flies

@article{Sackett2010YoureHF,
  title={You’re Having Fun When Time Flies},
  author={Aaron M. Sackett and Tom Meyvis and Leif D. Nelson and Benjamin A Converse and Anna L. Sackett},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  year={2010},
  volume={21},
  pages={111 - 117}
}
Seven studies tested the hypothesis that people use subjective time progression in hedonic evaluation. When people believe that time has passed unexpectedly quickly, they rate tasks as more engaging, noises as less irritating, and songs as more enjoyable. We propose that felt time distortion operates as a metacognitive cue that people implicitly attribute to their enjoyment of an experience (i.e., time flew, so the experience must have been fun). Consistent with this attribution account, the… 

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