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Re: Analog and Digital Clocks, Part 2
Posted By: Travholt, on host
Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2001, at 02:07:27
In Reply To: Analog and Digital Clocks, Part 2 posted by codeman38 on Tuesday, October 9, 2001, at 20:34:20:

> How many people here find it more difficult to read an analog clock than a digital one? I know I can't be alone out there.

You aren't. I had analog watches when I was little, but from about the age of 10 to 25 I had digital ones all the way. Then I switched back, mostly because of style; I think analog watches look so much better than digital ones. The one I have doesn't have numbers on it, only marks.

When I look at the watch, I almost always have to think for a second or two. I look at the long hand: "Okay, it's at 55 minutes." Then at the short hand: "It's just a little before 10." Then I make a "digital time" out of it in my head: 9:55 -- and THEN I translate it into "human" terms: Okay, it's five minutes to ten.

I do it this way mostly with "complicated" times like 3:17 and 10:38 and the like. Seeing whole or half hours, or fifteen minutes to/past is easier.

One thing that bugs me some times is when people ask me what time it is at times like 10:52:30 or 8:22:30. I often jokingly say: "Ask me again in a couple of minutes." -- because I can't decide whether to say ten or five minutes to eleven. (And in Norway, we also say it like that around the half hours. Hard to explain in English, because it sounds silly then.)

Trav"hmm... maybe I should try to learn reading analog watches intuitively again"holt.

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