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22 February 2010 @ 11:01 am

Do you wish you could read faster than you do?

That Chick with the Evil Laughsparkymonster on February 22nd, 2010 04:03 pm (UTC)
I already read quickly.
metagnatmetagnat on February 22nd, 2010 04:06 pm (UTC)
I already read quickly, dependent on subject matter/denseness of the prose. I do wish I could read more quickly and actually really still comprehend what I'm reading - not to feel like I'm skimming, etc.
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shiny object detector: they makes me laughpenk on February 22nd, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)
[x] Don't care.

I read as I read. Never thought about slower or faster.
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ruthless compassion: iris portraitaroraborealis on February 22nd, 2010 04:18 pm (UTC)
I sometimes do this, too, and when I'm reading a good story, it always feels like it goes too fast/I wish it would last longer!
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Haptotropehaptotrope on February 22nd, 2010 04:22 pm (UTC)
well.. I'd actually like to *comprehend* faster than I do.

Sapere Audeprimal_pastry on February 22nd, 2010 11:18 pm (UTC)
Elizabeth Hunterlillibet on February 22nd, 2010 04:25 pm (UTC)
No, because then my book budget would be even more insane than it already is. I really need to get better about using the library!
harimad on February 22nd, 2010 04:35 pm (UTC)
When I'm reading new fiction I read too fast to properly enjoy it, thus ruining the "first read" experience. You can never recapture that.

When I'm reading nonfiction I usually read faster than my memory can store the data. I've tried reading more slowly but that turns off the auto-comprehension feature of my brain and I retain even less.

My desired superpower is the ability to hold a book between my hands, absorb all the information and - this is very important - have the experience of reading the book.
Kcatkcatalyst on February 22nd, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
Reading for pleasure, I don't really care. But I really really really wish I could read student papers faster than I do. I'd like to be able to read real papers faster, but not as desperately as student work.
A Hog and A Frog Cavort on a Blogjennylisa on February 22nd, 2010 05:06 pm (UTC)
I've always been a slow reader, which meant I thought i was pretty dumb. Turns out my eyes don't focus in time with each other, and that has slowed me down my whole life! It's hard to re-learn how to read, but I use my kindle and bump up the text a lot bigger. This has definitely sped me up a lot! (Yes, I wear my glasses too... But I didn't even get them until college...)

Unfortunately I didn't learn about it until I was a lot older, and it was too late to go back and be able to keep up with the readings and stay in the advanced classes in grade school. Which might have gotten me into a better college. Instead I spent grade school thinking I wasn't too bright... I'd like to think I'm over it by now, but, hm...
Susan Constantsconstant on February 22nd, 2010 05:06 pm (UTC)
I already read faster than anyone else who posted a comment here or will post a comment here in the future.
born from jets!!!catness on February 22nd, 2010 06:56 pm (UTC)
Do you get some sort of prize for that? ;)
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jordanwillow: buffy and giles readjordanwillow on February 22nd, 2010 05:06 pm (UTC)
along the lines of what some other have said, i wish i could read nonfiction faster than i do. i read fiction plenty fast, but i crawl painfully through nonfiction.
Boring Nerd: readsignsoflife on February 22nd, 2010 05:10 pm (UTC)
Relative to my friends and peers, the data suggest I'm a slow reader. "Reading too quickly" is *not* my problem.

I hesitated a lot before clicking "no". This may just be sour grapes. Certainly, for professional reasons, I wish I could read more quickly, especially journal articles -- I know people who devour the scientific literature.

But I feel like if I were as fast a reader as many of my friends, I'd be a different person. It affects *what* I read -- I get impatient with plot-driven fiction, and I tend to prefer conceptual and highly constructed work.

And I do suspect that if I read more quickly, I'd be sacrificing comprehension. Professionally, it's important to understand what I'm reading, and recreationally, I like lingering.

I will note in passing that I can knit both English and Continental, and prefer English *because* it's slower.
veek on February 22nd, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
I used to read incredibly fast, and then I moved to the States. Ever since then, it's hard for me to lose myself in a book because reading is (for the most part) so damn slow.

That said, in the last ~5yrs I've began to regain the ability to lose sight of pages as discreet units. It's nice to know that this skill can be regained.
cinnabarinecinnabarine on February 22nd, 2010 05:31 pm (UTC)
Very much so and I covet today's groupon.
naiadnaiad on February 22nd, 2010 05:33 pm (UTC)
My reading speed is fine. My comprehension is fine. What I wish were better is my retention.
Brother Claymore of Desirable Mindfulness: gargoyle READ!lifecollage on February 23rd, 2010 03:53 am (UTC)
Seconded, strongly. I'll read and comprehend the words in a chapter just fine, but ask me about it a day later and it's just *gone,* except in the most general sense of what was written.
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David Policardpolicar on February 22nd, 2010 05:35 pm (UTC)
This -- like all questions involving the performance characteristics of cognitive tasks -- is still a very fraught question for me.

But thinking about it, I conclude "no"... I'm unwilling to do that work, and I'm unwilling to expend a wish on it if I have one. There are other enhancements I'd rather spend the xp on.