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May 2020 by Terry Verduin


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

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

Different Reading Methods

Beneath the Surface? Different text applications call for different reading methods. The sights and sounds entering human space in the digital era include books, audio books, videos and informative Web content.

Open Water? Readers weigh potential content against the trending advantages and expectations for scanning speed. To do otherwise with communications, applications or materials risks becoming a waste of time.

Short Forms? Short attention spans and time impediments to reading are driving viewers from long, slow-moving scenes. Chunks for time-killers are becoming shorter, faster and sharper for small hand-held screens.

Failure to Arrive? Search engines cull suggestions from embedded website metadata. Researchers may not look beyond these minimal summary descriptions delivered in response to requests about objects or subjects.

Tech Considerations

The Seedy Side? Content may repel digital-age human traffic. Frustrating bounce rates measure loss of site navigators after one brief page view. Browsers react to repetitiveness by triggering alerts to stop the script.

Palace Intrigue? People catch ideas leaping at them. Speed readers get annoyed with text mindlessly crawling across space and time. Moore's law correctly predicted processor power would double every two years.

Hill Crop? Online formats are designed to catch surfers with defined text areas for titles, headings and paragraphs. They follow different fonts, sizes, styles, borders or colors to extract meaningful highlights.

Doubling Down? Tech-savvy audiences learn and transact online. Increasingly, information and news delivery is rapid-fire, on-the-move audio and video streaming. Listening may be accompanied by doing other things.

Speed Reading Hurts Comprehension

Ticket to Ride? Consumers expect greater velocity and automation. Computers, cellphones, vehicles and appliances interact with users in ever-faster new ways. Leafing through pages lags behind voice and virtual reality.

Sour Orange? Few modern readers endure long or convoluted texts. Viewers quickly leave online content offering no immediate information or structure against which to reflect or build strength.

A Mighty Force? The need for speed is applied to most visual materials. Speed-building applications require practice. Haste is contrary to acquiring vocabulary, researching or making sense of content.

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

Digital Speed

Hot Seat? There is no time to waste. 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.

About Face? Few surfers wait more than 2-3 seconds for websites to open. Nobody wants spinning cursors, frozen activities or delays of shutting down and restarting computers. Search engines cannot scan or index flawed sites.

Free Range? Few visitors make leaps for writers' benefit. It is easier to move to less cumbersome sites. Few individuals have the expertise, patience or time to install extra programs for audio, video, PDF files or spreadsheets.

Forward Thinking? Code or images can be turned off. Alternative elements facilitate understanding in their absence. Flaws in design compromise user experience and security with perceived or real risks of contamination.

Deep Reading Helps Learning

Sweet and Low? Brief views deliver advantages. Someone may linger for understanding. While sifting through news headlines, social media posts or surfing the Web, a glance shows if material is of interest or relevance.

High Fidelity? Deep reading facilitates learning. It is useful for slow-pace presentations requiring study or full concentration to cement understanding. Readers take time to absorb new information.

Sweet Spot? Engaging with content helps to connect new information with existing knowledge. Those who Pay Reading Forward provide fuel for introspection, focus and opportunity to reach conclusions.

Breaking the Rules? Machines are programmed to read and index online content, quickly and fully. Search engines do data gathering, scrutinizing and selection work. Information risks getting lost with shallow inspections.

Inside Knowledge? People must experiment for themselves. Few individuals are likely to tolerate slogging through tedious, slow presentations or unwanted audio, video or digital programs splashed into personal space.

Human Nature

Dual Action? In 2017, This time it's personal: the memory benefit of hearing oneself by Noah D. Forrin & Colin M. MacLeodthe of the University of Waterloo in Canada, reports reading aloud helps retain information.

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

Hearing Fills Gaps? Audio books provide on-the-go learning experiences for non-readers. The format also aids disabled and second-language learners. The spoken voice punctuates highlights in factual or literary information.

Next Level? This author proposes her successors adopt an interactive platform for the available literary works. The accelerated reader questions can be expanded for incorporation into smart packaging for each series.