Speed Reading For Education
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A 2010 study that focused on reading speed compared the reading rates of people using a printed text, an e-reader, and a PC. All of the participants read the same short stories, and were tested on three things: how long it took them to read the material, how much they remembered and understood, and whether or not they liked the medium they were using. Although one of the main aspects of the study was to compare the usability of the two e-readers in use at the time (the iPad and the Kindle), it was significant to learn that the people using e-readers consistently read slower on average than the people using printed texts.
It’s hard to say what factors might have played into the testing and results. There are physical aspects that may make printed books easier to use; for example, flipping over a page is instinctive, but looking for and pressing a button might not be. In addition, early e-readers had text-to-background contrast issues, and so it may have been more difficult for the study participants to focus on the resolution, especially when compared with the clean black and white of a printed page. However, there was one definite conclusion, and that was the fact that people reading the texts on a PC screen both read the slowest and had the least favorable impression of the device.
Today’s e-readers have improved in quality, but do they really help you improve your speed reading techniques? Again, there are pros and cons to each format. If you have an e-reader, you have thousands of books available at a moment’s notice, and that might encourage you to read more. On the other hand, printed books are still relatively inexpensive, portable, disposable, and available everywhere. When you learn to speed read, some of the techniques we recommend are easier to do with printed text (if you’re not using the 7 Speed Reading software, that is). It’s nice to have a page you can mark up, draw lines on, take notes in, and not worry about.
As we mentioned in the last post, modern technology can be both helpful and harmful. Learn to use the tools you have to make the most of your speed reading practice, and reading will always be a pleasure.
E-books, on-line texts, or a trip to the used book store: which do you prefer, and why?