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You're Having Fun When Time Flies: The Hedonic Consequences of Subjective Time Progression


Aaron M. Sackett


University of St. Thomas

Tom Meyvis


New York University (NYU) - Department of Marketing

Leif D. Nelson


University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business

Benjamin A. Converse


affiliation not provided to SSRN

Anna L. Sackett


affiliation not provided to SSRN

2010

Psychological Science, Vol. 21, No. 1, pp. 111-117

Abstract:     
Seven studies test 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 it must have been fun). Consistent with this attribution account, the effects of felt time distortion on enjoyment ratings were moderated by the need for attribution, the strength of the "time flies" naive theory, and the presence of an attribution alternative. These findings suggest a previously unexplored process through which subjective time progression can influence the hedonic evaluation of experiences.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 7

Keywords: time, hedonic experiences, metacognition

JEL Classification: M39

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Date posted: August 8, 2008 ; Last revised: January 23, 2010

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Sackett, Aaron M. and Meyvis, Tom and Nelson, Leif D. and Converse, Benjamin A. and Sackett, Anna L., You're Having Fun When Time Flies: The Hedonic Consequences of Subjective Time Progression (2010). Psychological Science, Vol. 21, No. 1, pp. 111-117. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1209510

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Aaron M. Sackett (Contact Author)
University of St. Thomas ( email )
Opus College of Business
Mail TMH 443J
Minneapolis, MN 55403
United States
Tom Meyvis
New York University (NYU) - Department of Marketing ( email )
Henry Kaufman Ctr
44 W 4 St.
New York, NY
United States
Leif D. Nelson
University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business ( email )
545 Student Services Building, #1900
2220 Piedmont Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States
Benjamin A. Converse
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Anna L. Sackett
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