I'm sure that you've heard somebody say that they don't like to spend time reading books anymore. Well, I don't blame them. Our world is filled with wonderful distractions such as smartphones, gaming consoles, giant screen TVs, movie theaters... Why would anybody bother wasting their time doing something that, frankly, is so very last century?
But what if we didn't have to spend as much time reading, yet consume the same amount of information? What if the words on the page were suddenly tossed into our brains and retained faster than ever before? What if we could allow our smart devices do most of the reading for us? What if we barely had to move our eyes? There are so many what ifs when it comes to the possibility of changing the way we consume words on a "page."
In fact, I would say that reading has been rejuvenated and repopularized by mobile devices. And to be honest, I love to read but I don't have a lot of time to do it. I typically listen to novels. But there's nothing like taking the time to paint a picture in your mind about what you're reading. Perhaps our brains need breathing room to turn words into beautiful worlds. Consuming something too fast might not allow for us to become creators but rather allow for us to become consumers. When we slowly paint a picture in our minds we are exercising different parts of our brain.
New technology like Spritz allows for our brains do what they do best which is interpret, process, and retain information. The creators behind Spritz figured out that focusing our attention on centered words allows for us to pay close attention to each word that pops up. When the speed is cranked up to around 500 words per minute it's still possible to read each word that pops up because our brains are able to keep up! All it takes is a little relaxation and focus.
I can see technology like this being used in smart watches. I can also see it becoming the new way to consume news and articles. All you'd have to do is press a Spritz-It button at the top of an article and after a brief countdown, you'd be on your way (that's how I'd have work it anyway). I think it could change the way students study. It might even encourage them to read chapters of a schoolbook for retention purposes (something that is loathed among students). It would not, however, be good for carefully studying different concepts within a chapter. In other words it's not good for everything, just some things. But I'll tell you what, I certainly would love to have this right now and if I could, I'd have a Spritz-It button at the top of this article so you wouldn't have to spend so much time reading all these words.
By: Alex Zarnoski | @ajazz16 | Crappy Comics