WARNING: Do Not Skim Read This

Fight the temptation to skim this article. I will try to keep this short, I promise. Have you ever stopped to notice how often you skim read? I have, and it scares me.

Skim reading used to be a strategy, something that helped us search for information and learn faster. Today, skim reading tends to be our go-to.

So what’s the big deal? Well, skim reading is only effective when used with other tools, such as actual reading. It is NOT meant to be the one-size fits all approach.

We are far too easily bored, myself included.

Skim Reading & Opinions

Skim reading and strong opinions should not go together. The internet is full of critics behind keyboards. Not only is the commentary usually unwelcomed, it now tends to be uneducated.

Let’s all fight the urge to 1) skim read when it isn’t warranted and 2) develop opinions without taking in the whole picture.

Content & Attention Spans

As I said earlier, we are far too easily bored. We crave constant stimulation, and are losing the ability to create it for ourselves. Instead of reading and imagining, we rely on constant visual cues to guide us.

When we fail to exercise our attention spans, content stoops to our level. We are starting to lose wisdom, true genius, and art because “no one has the time” to fully appreciate it.

We carry the same bad habits into our real relationships, too.

Skim-Listening

When we habitually fail to process an entire idea while reading, often we start to do the same in real life.

We text while “listening” to our friend.

We scroll social media while we half watch TV.

We eat meals looking at our phones, instead of looking at people.

When you only partially connect to various forms of media and stimulation, you lose the opportunity to connect with those right in front of you.

What Now?

Stay conscious of your skim reading.

Ask yourself if you got the whole story before you develop an opinion.

Encourage developers of great content with your full attention.