How slowly do you read?
Does it vary depending on the type of text you’re reading? Whether it’s on paper, a computer screen, a phone?
I try not to have too many books on the go at any one time. Currently the main two I’m reading are The Art Of Photography by Bruce Barnbaum and Pema Chodron’s Comfortable With Uncertainty.
Both are challenging reads in different ways, and I’ve re-read sections of both as I’m going. As such, neither are books that can be raced through.
My progress has been slow, but satisfying.
With most things I choose to spend my time on, I tend to feel if they’re important enough to commit time to in preference to other activities, I may as well give them my full attention, and immerse myself as best as I can.
Which I realise means there isn’t really anything I read quickly these days (ie speed read, skim, or just skip large chunks of).
Of course the slower you read, the less you get through.
If I read at twice the speed I could cover twice as many words. But at what cost?
(As an offshoot thought, I’ve just realised that about half the music I listen to currently is at half speed or less. Because you can’t slow the pace of your own listening as you can the pace of your reading, I’ve found other ways to, mostly via a fun app called Music Speed Changer, or YouTube’s handy speed setting, or videos already slowed and uploaded. Try searching “slow 800%” on YouTube, relax, and enjoy.)
It seems as I get older, I get slower, but with all the positive benefits that come with it.
Put simply, greater immersion, and heightened enjoyment.
What about you? What speed do you read at, and what causes it to vary?
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