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I think the difference in showing an absolute time vs a relative "... ago" is the difference between: "How old is this item (roughly)" vs "When was this item created"? For example, when a uses watches a YouTube video, he might want to know how old the video is to check whether it is still relevant. The exact time doesn't really matter, "2 weeks old" is ...


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Compared to a time stamp, I'd have a 'an hour ago' any day. This works in timeframes that my mind can process easily. For example, a friend request on Facebook came in 3 days ago. This makes sense in that context. However, if I pushed my code to production and the log says '3 days ago', its useless as I might have pushed code to production a dozen times that ...


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After a certain time, people stop counting days and count in weeks, then they count in months and then years. For the same reason, if you meet someone after a while, you recollect how many months ago you met them before or years. The brain doesn't calculate the days passed if you say '4 weeks ago'. But if you say '29 days ago', the brain needs to ...



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