What kind of reader are you? Is it better to read slowly or quickly? If you were to ask me, I would say that I am neither a slow nor a fast reader. When I’m reading a mystery thriller, I try to read as quickly as possible. I’m always a fast reader when I’m reading suspense novels. When I read a self-help book, such as Think and Grow Rich or The Power of the Subconscious Mind, I take my time. You can read quickly when you’re reading something for fun. However, if you’re reading for information, go slowly. Let’s talk about the advantages of slow reading.
As readers, we are well aware that reading relieves stress. But did you know that the most effective technique to relieve stress is to read slowly? The reason is that reading slowly allows you to focus more deeply. Your entire focus will be drawn to the book you’re reading. You can force your mind to focus on only one thing at a time by reading slowly and deeply into a book.
Your thoughts will expand as you read slowly. Moreover, if you read carefully, it will be easier for your mind to form connections to things. Slower reading has a positive impact on your ability to assimilate new knowledge and develop connections with other data. Allowing your brain to absorb the facts of what you’re reading more slowly makes it easier to connect to the “web of knowledge” you already have in your brain, which is full of other facts, ideas, memories, and, of course, stories. You’ll be able to establish valuable connections between what you already know and what you’re learning this way.
Let me ask you a question: do you ever skip ahead in your favorite TV show or movie? Would you fast-forward the movie despite the fact that it was a nail-biting thriller and you were waiting for the suspense to be revealed? But why is that? The reason for this is that we enjoy the entire journey of the film rather than just ending it. Similarly, reading a book slowly will keep you entertained for a longer time. Slowly digesting the storyline of the books you read can actually be a lot more enjoyable.
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When you read slowly, you will get more information. For example,
“Godisnowhere” Now correct this sentence.
- God is no where. (OR)
- God is now here.
You will gain more information if you ponder and read carefully and deeply.
Let me give you an example of what I mean.
“Woman without her man would be a savage,” an English teacher wrote on the whiteboard, instructing his students to add the necessary punctuation.
All of the males remarked as “Woman, without her man, would be a savage,”.
“Woman: without her, man would be a savage,” all the females said. The sentence has multiple meanings. You will get more if you read slowly! More reading time is required.
You will take longer to finish if you read slowly. Right? Remember that reading isn’t about how many books you’ve read; it’s about how many hours you’re spending and how efficiently you’re reading.