The Foxy Armadillos
May 2018 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 Reading Comprehension: Too many places to go, too many things to do and too little time force people to rush through information. Little of this information may be understood or remembered.

Speed reading delivers many advantages. A glance while sifting through news headlines, social media posts or surfing the Web may show material to be of no interest or relevance.

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 faster speed and greater automation. Personal computers, cellphones, vehicles and appliances interact with users in ever faster new ways. Voice and virtual reality are surging ahead of reading.

The need for speed is being applied to most visual materials. Speed readers rarely linger or repeat texts to cement understanding. Few modern readers pause to review convoluted texts.

Computerized speed reading applications are based on screen presentations. Speed readers may be attracted by the introduction of the familiar tech formats into printed materials to accelerate reading.

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, reading applications or materials may alienate prospective audiences.

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 applications that require study or full reading comprehension. It allows deep introspection. Slow content may repel modern speed readers.

Reading comprehension may be cast aside for the sake of speed. Nobody likes reading applications that are tedious, slow or push unwanted audio, video or digital programs into personal space.

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

Reading is physically limited by eye movement and cognitive ability. Humans are not programmed with the speed and data of machines. Average reading speed offers a faster gain in knowledge than hearing that information.

How Speed Reading Hurts Reading Comprehension

  • Speed Reading Reading Rates says:

    Modern speed reading expectations may be frustrated when long and confusing content fails to maintain human attention, or when browsers react to repetitiveness by triggering an alert that stops the script.

  • Reading Comprehension Reading Rates says:

    Reading comprehension may be frustrated when readers quickly leave content that offers no immediate information or structure against which to reflect and build strength.

    • Reading ApplicationsReading Rates says:

      Most speed reading applications require practice to build vocabulary and reduce pauses to look up words.