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Speed readers were depicted as running their hands down a page at lightning speed--then saying, "got it." Everyone wanted to know how to do it.
I guess speed reading is still around--and some people think it's the solution to the text we must read every day--from emails to white papers. In fact, I learned, it is back in vogue, but dolled up in digital.
In a report in Psychological Science in the Public Interest, a scientist at Univ of California San Diego, named Elizabeth Schotter, concluded that there is--sadly--a tradeoff between speed and comprehension.
Skilled readers can read at 200-400 words a minute. But some speed reading "technology" (besides the hand guiding down the page) puts the words rapidly in the middle of a screen, each new word replacing the previous one.
Problem is, shifting the eye back to the left takes only 10% of the time in reading. And the brain processes the ideas by seeing ahead and combining the words into a thought or sentence.
In tests later, these speed readers don't do well.
Still, they tell us, skimming can increase speed--you can get the gist.
Evelyn would be scandalized--the gist?
Oh, well, no shortcuts to glory.
Your estimated time to read this: One minute.