Hold on to your horses, bookworms! This new revolutionary app will help you read a lot faster! Yes sir! If you need to get through Harry Potter in under 90 minutes, then you’re going to want to sit down and listen up!
Spritz, an app that will be launching soon for your Samsung Galaxy S5 and Samsung Gear 2 watch is an app that helps you read faster by only displaying one word at a time in rapid successions. It will allow you to read from 250 words-per-minute up to 1000 words per minute!
The traditional way to read is simple, which is what you’re doing right now. Your eyes move from word to word in a line, sequentially. Your eyes seek out a certain point within the word called ‘Optimal Recognition Point” or ORP and then your brain starts processing the meaning of the word that you’re viewing. So your eyes are basically moving from one word to the next, seeking out the ORP points and then processing the meaning of it. But get this, when your eyes see a punctuation in a sentence, your brain is prompted to take all the words you’ve previously read and process them into a coherent sentence. And all of this takes time! Which is why you end up reading slower. Even college students read at a speed of about 200 – 400 words per minute.
However with Spritz, according to their website:
“Spritzing presents reading content with the ORP located at the specific place where you’re already looking, allowing you to read without having to move your eyes. With this approach, reading becomes more efficient because Spritzing decreases time searching for the next word’s ORP.”
So basically cutting down the time you use moving your eyes from word to word seriously increases your reading time. While there are other techniques to read faster like skimming (not reading every word), avoiding sub-vocalization (talking to yourself while reading), these techniques require a lot of dedication and practice to master. Spritz however does not, even if you don’t spritz for a month it takes no time to get back up to speed.
We can’t wait till it launches on iOS devices!