I have questioned since my college days the benefits and flaws of speed reading. To me speed reading a book can be like wolfing down a meal. You get to finish fast but did you enjoy the food for thought or meal?
Below are some takeaways from the article...
the speed readers had increased their ability to construct reasonably accurate
inferences about text content on the basis of partial information and their
often produces a confused understanding—in some cases, a completely fabricated
one, the researchers reported. They quoted Woody Allen’s classic line: “I took
a speed-reading course where you run your finger down the middle of the page
and was able to read War and Peace in 20 minutes. It’s about Russia.
best way to increase the speed of our reading is to practice reading itself,
particularly different types of text with varied language. The more familiar we
are with complex styles of written language, the easier it is to conduct the
“elegantly choreographed dance” that is reading.
take-home lesson from efforts to increase our reading speed is to question
whether speed-reading is a healthy aspiration at all. Speed-readers don’t see
what’s on the page; they read what they want to see, which perhaps explains why
the practice continues to thrive. It must feel very good to devour a whole book
in a few seconds and discover it only said what you already thought anyway. But
that’s pretty much the opposite of learning.