New Speed Reading App is a Thumbs Down, But it’s Fun to Try it Out
I don’t happen to be a speed reader. My wife Mrs. Rayman, is the expert in that field.She tried the test, and wasn’t at all convinced. Stay with me, I’ll hook you up to the test in a minute so you can test it out yourself.
According to an article in NBCNEWS.com, the app that promises vast increases in reading speed has been making the rounds in social media and tech news. But experts in the field say that the technique not only doesn’t work, it didn’t work when it was first proposed, either — more than 40 years ago.
Spritz presents text in a little box in which the words you are to read appear — but instead of scrolling through at a fast rate, they show up directly where you’re looking in quick succession, like a strobe flashing words at you. It’s called “rapid serial visual presentation,” or RSVP. The company claims that by removing the need for your eyes to move during reading, the app can raise your reading speed from the average 250 words per minute to a blazing-fast 500 or more.
I tried it just for kicks, and wouldn’t you know I found it enjoyable! Whether or not I retain what I read remains to be seen. It was fun trying it out though, so If your curious, try it out. If you fancy yourself a speed reader, definitely test it out. I’d love to hear what you think, just leave it in the comment section of this post. Click here Spritz and Have some fun with it!