Recently I’ve noticed that the consequence of learning to skim text to obtain information at a glance and hop to quick conclusions is actively working against me.
I’ve been trying to approach math and a number of comp sci subjects and always ended up subconsciously thinking “I can’t understand this by looking at the shape of the explanation, so obviously I’m lacking some basic understanding. I’ll learn that first and tackle this later.” Would you be surprised if I said that “later” rarely happens?
The problem is, I hardly know how to read succinct text any longer, having gotten used to wading through reams and reams of text to find the relevant bits. Damn you, Google.
Recognition is the first step towards rectifying though. So. I’m going to try to tackle this by learning to read slowly again.