I was thinking the other day about why I find so few readers out there as opposed to scatter-brained bloggers. I’ve been trying to keep up with a few blogs (just as I try to keep up with books), and it can be really challenging, especially since I read only slightly faster than a kindergartner.
The average person reads less than 200 word per minute. That is like three words a second. That is really slow. Especially when there a few readers out there that can read over 1000 words a minute.
I’ve noticed that are minds are capable of reading words much faster than we make it. We let out minds play lazy, that is a big part of why we read so slow. Trying to read faster works.
But, the other day, the numbers really sunk in to a deeper meaning. If you ever wonder why people don’t read the books, they watch the movies, or just why people choose to watch TV more often than they used to read.
Let’s look at the amount of time it takes to read a novel vs the time it takes to watch a movie. Movies are usually less than 2 hours, usually about 90 minutes. But given an average book of 60,000 words (300+ pages), it would take us 5 hours to read the book.
If we can get 90% of the story in less than two hours, who is going to spend the time on the book? If we can turn the reading speeds of this generation around, bringing it to even 500 words a minute, books would have more competition with the visual market and people would enjoy reading more thoroughly.
If you don’t think it is possible, I’ve went from 150 words per minute to almost 300 in just a couple of weeks. Spreeder
is a little tool I find useful for developing and measuring my progress.
Join me in changing the world of entertainment, let’s read more.