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#1 4 years ago

I spend a lot of time reading at a relatively slow and comfortable pace. If I try to speed things up my reading comprehension suffers. The limit for most readers is vocalization, i.e. saying words in your head while reading them. So most readers read at a speed of a little less than 300 WPM.

I have looked at various speed reading techniques, but none of that stuff every really worked for me. There is a new app that promises to vastly higher reading speeds by showing you one word at a time. I tried out their tech demo, it works better than speed reading techniques. It does seem a little fatiguing as I tend to stare at the text, though. I can understand all texts up to 600 WPM using this app, but it seems to me that for longer reading sessions something like 400 WPM would be more realistic.

What do you think? Here is the demo: Spritz




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#2 4 years ago

I managed to keep up with the 600WPM on that app. Was a little fast for my tastes, though. I prefer keeping to around 350 or so. I tend to read even slower when reading certain stories because I like to picture it all in my head as well.


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#3 4 years ago

Well, you know, I thought when I first saw it this would be rubbish, and, actually, it really works. It's not the most relaxing way to read but it's certainly very easy and very quick, I'm really surprised.

Of course, it does make it difficult to go back and re-read something so it's not particularly useful for reference texts and the suchlike. But yeah, I like that.


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#4 4 years ago
Ryojin;5731150I managed to keep up with the 600WPM on that app. Was a little fast for my tastes, though. I prefer keeping to around 350 or so. I tend to read even slower when reading certain stories because I like to picture it all in my head as well.

This. I managed to just barely keep up with the 600WPM as well; but there's no way in hell I could read an entire article or page on a book that quickly and retain the information.

My WPM changes depending on what I'm reading too, as I'll read action sequences faster than slower paced sequences, typically because action has less valuable information and can be forgotten without repercussion.




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#5 4 years ago

Schofield;5731171This. I managed to just barely keep up with the 600WPM as well; but there's no way in hell I could read an entire article or page on a book that quickly and retain the information.

My WPM changes depending on what I'm reading too, as I'll read action sequences faster than slower paced sequences, typically because action has less valuable information and can be forgotten without repercussion.

Then there is little use to speed reading if it goes so fast that you get either/both tired and can't retain the information.

Speed reading? Meh, perhaps if I'm bored, but I don't see much use to it. It might be for others though.




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#6 4 years ago
Ryojin;5731150I managed to keep up with the 600WPM on that app. Was a little fast for my tastes, though. I prefer keeping to around 350 or so. I tend to read even slower when reading certain stories because I like to picture it all in my head as well.

give us examples of stories you like reading fast/slow