The average human being can read approximately 200-400 words per minute. For many, their individual reading speeds go unnoticed and is rarely thought about; however, for some, it is a source of anxiousness. Reading faster is a skill that can be learned, and it can greatly benefit peoples’ lives. Whether it’s being able to read more novels from the New York Times Bestseller List each year, move through important documents more quickly at work, or comprehend the material you need to know for a graduate or professional school entrance exam, developing the ability to speed read can make life much simpler. Here are three sure signs you should invest in speed reading:
No? Don't be surprised. Turns out that most Americans, and indeed most of the world, sub-vocalize to some extent. That's natural, it's simply a hold over from when you were originally taught to read. The trouble is, after we learn to read, very few people rarely improve upon the basic reading skills we're as children.
"There is so much more to a book than just the reading." -Maurice Sendak
For those who love reading, it is easy to get lost in a good plot or an article filled with interesting new information. For those who are not avid readers, it seems better to avoid reading time in pursuit of other activities that may hold more interest. Either way, many people overlook reading's importance when it comes to building everyday skills that can improve your life and the world around you.