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Fast But Missing The Gems: Why You Shouldn’t Always Skim When You Read

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Fast But Missing The Gems: Why You Shouldn’t Always Skim When You Read

The race of getting things done speedily is not for important things you enjoy. Nobody would want a quick life; all want their good experiences to last. You try to savor every moment of it and get all the value you can.

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“There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.” – Bertrand Russell

If there us any book you are urging to speed through, it is either not good, or there is little interest in it, so while skimming has its place in some cases, it is not wise to skim through most reads.[1] The habit of skimming seems to be related to online habits of web browsing; it is affecting our reading skills [2]

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Whether it is art, a movie, a meal or a book. Different people can have opposite experience of it, depending on their attention span on it and the time they spent to devour it. The faster a book is read, the less you can read between the lines.[3]

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Developing thoughts, having deep experiences, and making intimate friends do not happen quickly. It may be possible at times to comprehend and remember facts, but that does not equal true wisdom extracted from a good read. Being able to read and have that knowledge change them identifies a true reader. According to some studies, reading hurriedly under time pressure can sabotage a student’s comprehension.[4]

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It is possible to speed through a book but a book that has value is defined by how the ideas affect you. Quality is more important than quantity. Good writing offers us a chance to reflect. If you need to learn, you must read thoughtfully. And if the book is lengthy, it is an added reward; you can savor the experience longer.

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Reference

[1] http://www.intropsych.com/ch07_cognition/fallacies_of_speedreading.html
[2] https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/serious-reading-takes-a-hit-from-online-scanning-and-skimming-researchers-say/2014/04/06/088028d2-b5d2-11e3-b899-20667de76985_story.html?utm_term=.b4b8f1fe6c93
[3] http://www.jstor.org/stable/40016440?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents
[4] http://opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2082&context=theses

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