Slow Reader

I have always been a slow reader. When I was a kid, learning how to read, there were issues. Honestly, I can’t recall what they were, beyond the hazy understand that there was always something more kinetic and interesting to be doing than working on reading, but issues were encountered.  It took comic books and eventually science fiction to get me hooked, and by then about the best I could manage was something approaching 200 words per minute.

And when it became apparent, as I became an adult, that this represented something of a handicap I attempted improve my average. Imagine sitting down in an escrow office, new home loan in your hands, with everyone around you waiting for you to catch up. More than that, it’s embarrassing. But with possible exception of just reading more, a lot more, my average reading speed has remained slow. Post seizures, it has been shown to be slower.

Good grief, I can’t believe I’m admitting to this. I’ve spent most of my life compensating, in one way or another, for this deficit. Trying to hide it. I feel shame because of it despite my in ability to change this aspect of myself. But there it is. Today, however, I ran into something that just blew my socks off.

Technology has given me the ability to write coherently and relatively quickly. Now, it could provide me the ability to read as quickly as the rest of you. Maybe even a little faster. I happened onto Spritz this morning and tried it mostly because I was interested to test their claims. I started at 150 WPM and found that it was too slow. The wait between words was infuriating. I throttled up. Just moments ago I read their little demo at 450 WPM. That’s crazy!

Now I want to see this in ANY E-READER THAT WILL INTEGRATE IT! I want it in my browser. I want it!

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3 thoughts on “Slow Reader

  1. I’m glad you like this, but I (who read pretty quickly) found it almost impossible to use. I believe this may be in part because I don’t actually read one word at a time. My eye hopscotches over phrases. In particular, I cannot imagine using this for more involved, highly specialized or technical or academic writing, where it is frequently necessary to scan back and forth to make sense of a complex structure.

  2. I did take a speed reading course in college at the extension office, so I know I can read faster. I just like to hear the words in my head. It’s more enjoyable that way and gives me less of a headache after reading. 🙂

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