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Here’s The Problem With Speed Reading

19 MAR 2014

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Ever since startup Spritz released a tool that let’s you finish a 233-page novel in 77 minutes, speed reading has become a hot topic.

But is it really a magical efficiency booster?

Steve Leveen, author of “A Little Guide To Your Well-Read Life” and CEO of specialty office retailer Levenger, says speed reading works, but “it’s not that important.”

“What’s important is what you think about after you read, what you conclude, what you do with what you read,” he told Business Insider.

Leveen, who has a Ph.D in sociology from Cornell, compares speed-reading to the ability to run quickly during a tennis match. “Yeah, running fast is good, but it’s only one part, and not even the biggest part, of the game,” he said.

In fact, speed reading gained widespread appeal back in the 60s. Schools even started teaching the skill, but its popularity has declined since then. Apparently, it wasn’t that useful.

“Step back for a second and say, ‘Well, what’s the purpose of reading in the first place?’ The purpose is to learn more about the world, learn about subjects you’re interested in, and then act upon what you learn, right? Live your life in a virtuous circle of reading and doing,” Leveen said.

So while speed reading can help you understand what a book says, only you can take the time to determine what a book means.

Read full article: Business Insider