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I’m not a very fast reader, but I’m a very thorough reader. As a writer of books I learned to hard way that it is vitally important to use the exact word, in the correct context, you intend your reader to understand.
Therefore, I take care to understand each word I’m reading. What’s the point of reading if you don’t understand — or misunderstand — what you’ve read?
When was the last time you used a dictionary? If you don’t know the meaning of each word in the sentence, you won’t understand the sentence. Simple.
Reading is a form of communication. Our environment is saturated with verbal, visual, musical and printed communication. Too much communication prevents communication. We can’t process all of it, so we begin to ignore it, reject it and treat it all the same. When that happens we loose are ability to differential, which is our ability to reason and make rational judgements.
A good rule of thumb about reading is this “QUALITY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN QUANTITY“.
The “Dumbing Down of America” (and the world) is happening because we are reading more quantity, but the quality is dwindling grammatically. The content of Twitter, television, films and popular media is diminishing our ability to evaluate the relative value and validity of information. Are minds are literally being drowned in drivel! The Draconian education policy of “No Child Left Behind” is designed to drag everyone down to a level of dim-witted incompetence.
Don’t fall for this bullshit. Understand what you read.
Here is a great tool to measure your reading speed and comprehension: