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Re: Analog and Digital Clocks, Part 2
Posted By: Don the Monkeyman, on host 24.70.0.3
Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2001, at 05:53:03
In Reply To: Re: Analog and Digital Clocks, Part 2 posted by Ellmyruh on Wednesday, October 10, 2001, at 01:49:00:

> I'm the opposite, that's for sure. I can look at an analog clock, and my mind instantly knows what time it is without having to really think about it. However, if I look at a digital clock, it takes my mind a split second longer to think of the numbers in the large scope of things.

That sounds kind of familiar.

> I take in the whole clock on one glance, rather than looking at each hand separately. Sometimes I do this so quickly that I have a mental image and knowledge of the time in relation to the rest of life, but some part of my brain doesn't finish thinking about the time. So, when I glance at my watch, someone sees me do it, and they ask me what time it is, I usually have to look down at my watch again. It's not that I forgot the time, or that I was having trouble thinking about the numbers, but I just hadn't put the time into a solid thought. (People usually give me a funny look when I have to look at my watch again.)

That sounds VERY familiar.

> I think I've mentioned this phenomenon here before, but I have one main problem with digital clocks. You see, I tend to look at the numbers on a digital clock as a ratio, and my brain automatically tries to reduce them to the lowest common denominator. I actually had fun reducing when I was a kid in school, and having numbers right there in front of me made it even easier. It somehow became a habit, and to this day, I can look at a clock reading "10:14" and instantly think of it as "5:7." This gets annoying after years upon years, but I have a feeling it will never really go away.

OK, now THAT is just NUTS. :-p

> Ell"Um, it's 4:13. No, I mean 8:26."myruh

Don "Five to seven. But I had to think about that, for some reason. Maybe because it's five to seven." Monkey