Would you like to read a 20 page article in 8 minutes or so? Me too.
Now there’s an app for that. It’s called Spritz. And the developers promise to double or even triple our online reading speed.
Hm… I was as skeptical about this promise as you now are when I first heard of it.
Here’s How Online Reading Can Be Re-Imagined
So, the developers stated that the most time-consuming part of online reading is eyes movement from word to word and from line to line. At the same time, our eyes do not need to move to read one even a long word. Eyes focus on only one point somewhere slightly to the left of every word. It’s called “the optimal recognition point”, and the app marks that point in every word in red, stimulating the natural eye movement.
The Spritz’s team tried to change the way people read.
They simply put the text in a small window one word at a time. You can regulate the speed with which the words appear on the screen – from 250 words per minute to 600 words per minute.
You might try this app right now by simply clicking “click to spritz” button in the upper right corner on their official website.
We can’t buy this app. But the developers are working on apps for smartphones and other smart devices.
Quick Reading: Some Interesting Stats
The only question is whether we’ll be able to understand what we read. But the promises of developers are impressive indeed:
- A 300 page novel can be read in about 90 minutes.
- An average New York Times article – 2-3 minutes.
- Client’s instructions – half a minute.
So, at least one thing is clear – the way we read will soon be reimagined and our freelance writing craft will become easier. Hopefully.