Thousands of retweets and ‘likes’ by Twitter users signal enthusiasm for the groundbreaking new reading technique called ‘bionic reading.’
The method was developed by Renato Casutt, a Swiss expert in typography, has been working on the method that uses “artificial fixation spots” to guide readers through a text.
By emphasizing or highlighting the letters at the beginning of a word, the reader’s brain requires less work and focus on recognizing them. In principle, this increases reading speed since you do not need to focus on the entirety of each word.
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According to Bionic Reading, your brain reads quicker than your eyes since it has a lexicon of words from all of your previous reading.
Something super impressive I got shown today, how you can increase reading speed by playing on font weight: pic.twitter.com/ZdykiFQalx
— Christophe Pasquier 🇺🇦 (@Christophepas) May 17, 2022
“Your brain is a supercomputer that excels at reading,” the company website read. “Bionic Reading revises texts in order to highlight the most condensed bits of words. This makes it easier to remember words you’ve already learned and guides the eye through the text”
Many readers are confused about whether the new approach is good or harmful, even though posts describing the hack have gone viral overnight.
Some appreciated the novel approach. One Twitter user remarked, “It’s amazing how reading this makes you feel like you’ve finally unlocked 100 percent of your brain,” suggesting that someone at Twitter should also “turn it on.”
On the other hand, others were worried that this kind of fast reading would take away the fun of reading and make it hard to remember what you read.
Some argued it might benefit individuals with cognitive difficulties, such as ADHD and dyslexia. Others claim it would make it more challenging since they may already have replaced a “near enough” phrase that could alter the entire meaning of what was being read. Time will tell.