Over time I have filled my life with countless computers, and portable devices just from the nature of what I do. I am a technology worker and I do read a lot of things on screen, or more appropriately I should say screens. Also due to the nature of what I do I have to read quickly and react quickly. Add that with all the messaging options so that people can get a hold of me I am bombarded with emails and other messaging types, there are a lot of things I need to keep track of. Additionally, when people message me, they often expect a reply right away. All of this leads me to a problem I see in others only after identifying it in myself. Reading comprehension in today’s society sucks.
I will admit it that I have responded to emails without completely reading the thread, or glossing over details. This can lead to embarrassment when someone calls you out on asking a question that was already answered in the previous emails. Not only that there are times when I look at an article online and gloss over it taking in only some of the details and not others. This is not good and does not help when I am working with other people. The problem with myself, I believe, is that I am programmer. I have trained myself to look for patterns in code, or try and follow along with the flow of the logic behind it. Does programming contribute to the e.A.D.D.? Or is it that I just need to slow down a bit to process things.
So what can be done?
There are multiple site online that talk about how to improve your reading comprehension. Some of which refer to kindergarten, however I don’t think I need to go back that far. Some however are useful and here are a few tips that I found here.
- Location - Find a place to read that isn’t too busy or distracting.
- Sound - Much like location, noise can be a huge distraction too
- Read Something That Interests You - Read something that is interesting to you.
- Put away other devices - Of course phones notifying you of messages and iPods with music can take your focus from what you are reading.
- State of mind - Keep a relaxed mind and focus on what you are reading rather than the events that happen during your day.
If you haven’t guessed it yet this is all part of my New Years Resolution(s). Hopefully, a couple of changes and taking a little time for myself will help with my own problem. In the year to come, I plan to take small breaks from the electronic world and disconnect, and I also plan on more creative reading in 2011. (See this post here)
Do you experience e.A.D.D.? or do others you know experience this as well?
Also, what have you done to reset yourself?