This is not always the case, for many it is different. For me, the way back always feels longer. The road to somewhere is perceived as a part of the upcoming trip or any business, you are in anticipation, not tired yet, full of strength, anticipation and thoughts. The road back, this is the end ... the end, everything planned has already been experienced, done, you want to return home (or to the starting point) as soon as possible, but the road drags on for a tiresome long time.
Because when we go somewhere forward, we go to fulfill some goal or task, the brain is tuned in to its implementation, and each of us wants to complete it as quickly and better as possible, thus the mind's attention is focused on the task and the time is felt better.
Returning somewhere, a person does not feel the need to rush, the brain relaxes and walking is already on the "automatic" the mind perceives time much weaker.
because the very road that leads back is familiar to you, you went through all this, and it's boring already, you know everything, even the end.)
Because moving THERE, you understand that you still have to return and even having reached the destination point, you understand that the route is not finished yet. Moving in the opposite direction, you understand that the finish of your route is ahead of you.
The road home always seems to be shorter.
And this is what they write about it in the magazine "Around the World":
"Psychologists from Kyoto University (Japan) tried to explain this phenomenon with scientific point of view.
They suggested that the return journey is perceived as shorter due to the person's confidence arising from knowing the route already traveled. In science, this feeling is called retrospective reflection.
Scientists conducted an experiment among 20 men aged 20 to 30. Representatives of the stronger sex were asked to take off their watches and watch two 20-minute videos.In the first video, psychologists showed the participants in the experiment two different roads, and in the second video, the men saw a way in one direction and back.
While watching the video, the volunteers gave a sign when they thought that three minutes had passed. After the end of the videos, the scientists asked the men to answer which tape lasted longer. It turned out that the video showing the way back seemed to them less long m. At the same time, while watching, it did not seem to them that time passed faster.
Scientists believe that the perception of the way back as a shorter one is connected not with the sense of time as such, but with the perception of return. “The backtracking effect is not a matter of measuring time. Rather, it depends on our judgment of time, which is based on memory, "says study author Ryosuke Ozawa.
In earlier studies, scientists linked the effect of the return trip to concentration and anticipation. When a person goes somewhere, he focuses on being in the right place on time. On the way back, people, on the other hand, feel more relaxed and think about other things. Because of this, it seems that the road takes less time.
Recall that earlier scientists from the University of Montreal (Canada) came to the conclusion that a long road to work leads to professional burnout. The risk increases if a person spends more than 20 minutes on work. "
Japanese psychologists have studied this issue. "They suggested that the return journey is perceived as shorter due to the person's confidence arising from knowing the route already traveled. In science, this feeling is called retrospective reflection."
An experiment was conducted in which people watched two 20-minute roller. In the first, they were shown two different roads, and in the second, the way "there and back."
While watching the video, the subjects signaled that three minutes had passed (they did not have hours, they were guided by their own feelings).
It turned out that the video showing the way back seemed to them less long. At the same time, while watching them, it did not seem to them that time passed faster.
"Scientists believe that the perception of the way back as shorter is connected not with the feeling of time as such, but with the perception of return." The effect of the way back is it is not a matter of measuring time. Rather, it depends on our judgment of time, which is based on memory, "says study author Ryosuke Ozawa.
In earlier studies, scientists linked the effect of the return trip to concentration and anticipation. the person is going somewhere, he is focused on being in the right place on time. On the way back, people, on the contrary, feel more relaxed and think about other things. This makes it seem like the journey takes less time. " / p>
There is one more aspect. If you go to work without time, or you just rush to work for any reason, then the road seems to be longer. And when you go home, you may no longer think about being late, but just go or walk as you go. On the way to work, the brain is hungry, ready for activity and is focused on specific tasks, there is already a plan, an idea of what it will do. And on the way home, the brain is already taking a break from daytime impressions.
Everyone has a different way. I, on the contrary, often rush home and it is annoying to limit walking speed, it seems too long to walk. Therefore, I use a bicycle. The car would be even more annoying, since on a bike the path is shorter and without traffic jams.
This is most likely due to the fact that when you are driving on an unknown road. Your brain is constantly analyzing and assimilating information about that area. Consequently, there is an additional load on the eyes and the central nervous system, and an illusion is created that this is a very long time. And when you return, you just admire what is already known. On previous experience (visual memory), you clearly know the march. By the way, migratory birds remember tens of thousands of kilometers.
Because our brain does not measure time with a built-in stopwatch. Our brain receives information about time not from the second hand, but from events, memories, new information, and everything that is remembered and creates new connections in the brain. When you walk the road for the first time, you are leading more new things, especially if you are looking for a road and not following someone - you remember remarkable places, landmarks, "scan the area", and "put" it on the map. This means that your first trip "lasted" a greater number of actions (and memories) of your brain, therefore it is perceived by us as longer. That is why childhood seems to be longer than the other 10-15 years of life.
It is extremely difficult to understand how a person subjectively perceives time. For the most part, this question remains open to science. However, psychologists have developed a theory of energy expenditure, which has found experimental confirmation.
The essence of the theory is as follows - we perceive time in accordance with how much energy was spent. The more energy - the faster time flies. That is, we equate the past tense with our own energy consumption.
When we go along the path "there" - we strain, look for a road, look around, try to orient ourselves. This is how our energy is wasted. The same happens when we first do not difficult, but new work. It seems to take longer. However, on the way "back" (or when doing not difficult and already familiar work) - we turn on the "autopilot", energy is saved, and time flies faster.
If for the first time, then this is due to the fact that the person is in anticipation of something, and when he comes back, the person is already (received, saw, etc.) not in expectation, he is simply relaxed, calm!