In today’s busy world, some of us can barely keep pace with it all, having little time to do what needs to be done, and even less time to read. Many of us work as well as go to school, having no to time to read assigned materials, forcing us to rely on applications that are designed to read to us, so that we do not have to, making life a bit more convenient. The only problem is that researchers say it reduces comprehension. According to the article, “Our findings show that eye movements are a crucial part of the reading process,” says psychological scientist Elizabeth Schotter of the University of California, San Diego, lead author of the new study. “Our ability to control the timing and sequence of how we intake information about the text is important for comprehension. Our brains control how our eyes move through the text—ensuring that we get the right information at the right time.” I can see why we may need to follow along with a book to retain information. From experience, when something is being read to me, and I have nothing to follow along with, I tend to get restless and disinterested, and I end up not paying attention at all.
Personally, I get really tired when I have to read lengthy chapters. Because of this, I downloaded an application to my phone called Librivox, which reads to me. However, I do have the book with me to follow along. The book itself keeps me engaged in the readings so I do not feel the urge to fall asleep. I find I comprehend better when I am listening and following along as opposed to just reading, because most of the times I am not actively engaged in the text, and if I did not understand something, I would just rewind it and highlight it in my book. For me, both audio and the book are needed for comprehension.
— Kaylee Martinelli (@kaymartinelli15) April 22, 2014