Slow and Steady: the Value of Slow Reading

Imagine the difference between enjoying a relaxing, sit-down meal and scarfing down a granola bar while riding the T to work. While many would prefer the former, sometimes we must sacrifice quality and enjoyment for practicality. But should we treat reading the same way? The folks over at The Indy thought the same thing in their argument for Slow Reading.

“It’s related to the concept of a close reading a technique used in critical analysis where the reader pays close attention to details and sentence structure. With slow reading, the reader consciously slows their reading speed down. Slow reading can help you understand the piece better and it can help you enjoy it more.”

Of course, we here at Core agree that texts require a certain level of devoted attention and contemplation to be truly appreciated and understood.Whereas speed reading promotes absorbing the most information in the least amount of time, proponents of slow reading advocate for the quality of the content and the experience of reading itself. Even though practicality and academic deadlines may not always allow for this patience, reading should be enjoyable, not stressful. And with much of summer still before us, there’s no better time to slow down give your book the time and attention it deserves.

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