How to Count Seconds Correctly - Amaruak Archive



Monday, June 26, 2023

How to Count Seconds Correctly

Many people count seconds incorrectly.

Not you, of course, other people.

If you ask someone else to count to three seconds, some might count as follows:

1...... 2...... 3!


1. What's the problem?

They actually counted only two seconds.

When they count the seconds, you can measure it with a stopwatch in a smartphone clock app, and confirm that they counted only two seconds.

2. The cause of the miscount

It's because they started counting from one.

While the stopwatch starts from zero and passes one second, they started at one and passed two seconds.

This is also a contributing factor to the discrepancy between the estimated and actual time when gamers calculate skill cooldowns in the game.

3. The Solution

It's simple. Start counting seconds from zero.

By doing so, you can accurately count to three seconds as follows:

0...... 1...... 2...... 3!

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