Sad snowman with "how is it still january" tweet

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Everyone wants to know: ‘How is it still January?’

Five Mondays!

Jan 31, 2018, 3:45 pm

Internet Culture

David Britton 

David Britton

January 2018 is nearly over, and for most people on the internet, it can’t happen soon enough. The month was 31 days long, just like it always is, but a lot of people thought that it felt much longer.

Just look at these tweets from the past week:

https://twitter.com/Iam_Abdulaxis/status/958578494128128003

https://twitter.com/KingsleyEkeji/status/958598445111087104

One man was even worried he was trapped in some sort of alternate reality.

https://twitter.com/SavinTheBees/status/958427198540562432

https://twitter.com/SavinTheBees/status/958429841644072961

https://twitter.com/SavinTheBees/status/958451301041385473

Other people were just as incredulous that someone would question the concept of linear time.

Maybe the month felt long because we had five Mondays.

To be fair, January is also typically the coldest month of the year, and this one has been particularly frigid, so people are probably just feeling slightly stir crazy at this point.

Also, there’s a little something phycologists call “perceived duration,” in which the amount of time between events can vary wildly for any two individuals. In general, boring or painful moments seem to last longer than exciting or joyful ones.

Then again, maybe the month of January just has the ability to warp spacetime.

In any case, people are ready for February—which has only 28 days this year.

https://twitter.com/Sarimarr/status/958744253471051781

https://twitter.com/OUaTPreachers/status/958709794579402753

https://twitter.com/whatthemeows/status/958801575098667008

https://twitter.com/minhosfist/status/958801674671411200

Can’t. Wait.

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*First Published: Jan 31, 2018, 3:45 pm