Is time slowing down or is it just taking a longer amount time?

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The faster you travel the slower time travels. But instead could we be thinking in terms of it taking longer for things to occur? A particle traveling near the speed of light will take longer to decay then at rest. A person traveling close to the speed of light will take longer to age, and the clock being worn will take longer to mark off time then if at rest.
 

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But instead could we be thinking in terms of it taking longer for things to occur?
That's what time 'slowing down' means. (No need for the 'instead'.)
 
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Since you have to measure time with events (e.g. the ticking of a clock hand, the swing of a pendulum, the vibrations of a cesium atom, etc), there is no difference between "time slowing down" and "things take longer to occur".
 

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