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May 2019 by V. R. Duin


Roll, 'Dillos, roll.
Speed up our goal.
Slow takes a toll!

Learning about the different reading methods may help people understand how speed reading hurts reading comprehension and how deep reading helps learning.

How speed reading hurts comprehension: Too many places to go, too many things to do and too little time are forcing people to rush through information. Little of what they view may register for later recall.

Speed reading delivers advantages. While sifting through news headlines, social media posts or surfing the Web, a glance shows whether material is of interest or relevance. If so, someone may linger for understanding.

People seek ideas that leap at them. Speed readers may be annoyed with text that crawls mindlessly across space and time. Moore's “law” correctly predicted processor power would double every two years.

Consumers expect greater velocity and automation. Personal computers, cellphones, vehicles and appliances interact with users in ever faster new ways. Leafing through pages lags against voice and virtual reality.

The need for speed is applied to most visual materials. Speed-building applications require practice to acquire vocabulary and reduce pauses to look up meanings. Haste is contrary to making sense of things.

Computerized speed-accelerating applications are based on screen presentations. An audience may be attracted by the introduction of the familiar tech formats into printed materials to accelerate skimming.

Writers must be aware of online formats. Web surfers expect defined text areas for titles, headings, paragraphs and the use of different fonts, sizes, styles, borders and colors to highlight information of importance.

Writers must weigh content against the trending advantages and expectations for tech speed. To do otherwise in world communications, applications or materials may alienate prospective audiences.

Frustrating bounce rates measure loss of website navigators during partial views of one page. Content fails to maintain human attention. Browsers react to repetitiveness by triggering an alert that stops the script.

Few modern readers pause to review long or convoluted texts. Readers quickly leave online content that offers no immediate information or structure against which to reflect and build strength.

Different reading applications call for different reading methods. The sight and sounds that enter human space in the digital era include books, audio books, videos and informative Web content.

How deep reading helps learning: It is useful for slow-pace presentations that require study or full concentration to cement understanding. It allows for deep introspection. This content may repel digital-age traffic.

Comprehension may be cast aside for shallow inspections. Nobody tolerates slogging through presentations that are tedious, slow or splash unwanted audio, video or digital programs into personal space.

Fewer people care that deep reading improves learning. Machines are programmed to read and index content, quickly and fully. Search engines do a lot of the data gathering, scrutinizing and selection work for them.

Reading is physically limited by eye movement and cognitive ability. Humans are not programmed with machine hypervelocity or data. Average reading rates offer a quicker gain in knowledge than hearing that information.