Six Scientific Explanations Behind Your Weird Reading Habits

Whether you are the type that loves to sniff the pages of the book’s you read or you enjoy reading the last part of the book, then go back to the front, here are scientific explanations behind your weird reading habits.

You Trace Each Sentence With Your Finger
When you first started reading, you may have used your finger to follow the words, whether to help you keep your place in the text or even to remind you of which way your eyes should be moving across the page. This phenomenon is known as directional tracking.

If you’re in a distracting setting—such as in a noisy coffee shop—this habit might help you keep on track. But if you’re engrossed in a book, drop the habit—which can slow down your reading speed—and let yourself get fully absorbed by your book.

You Read Multiple Books At The Same Time
The sheer volume of books available, especially electronically, makes selecting a single read to focus on a harder and harder task. Some people maintain a lively pile of books among which they just can’t choose from. Such people read them all at once, and they read them all at once. They leap between books, switching the targets of their attention span.

You Move Your Lips While You Read
Subvocalization is the name for this condition. You might have picked up this habit as a child, while you were learning to sound out words, but it may actually impair your reading speed today.

The University of Alabama’s Center for Academic Success lists this and the actual vocalization of words as reading habits to break, due to a slowing of reading speed. The way to stop is to put your fingers on your lips or vocal cords to be more aware of it.

You Read The Last page Of A Book first
You may wonder why someone would want to know what happens at the end of the book before even starting it, but it turns out that people who “spoil” stories for themselves may actually have a more enjoyable time reading them, according to a study from the University of California at San Diego. If this is you, keep it up!

You Smell Your Books
Reading is sometimes described as “having your nose in a book” so it’s no wonder you may pick up on even faint odours within the pages.

Researchers have found that books consistently have around 15 chemical compounds that waft out during testing, which show evidence of degradation of the ink and paper. Of course, a book can also pick up odors from its environment, such as moth balls, mildew, or cigarette smoke.

You Start Books, But Fail To Finish Them
According to Evan Gottlieb, PhD, an associate professor of English who penned a piece on the subject for the Huffington Post, this might be happening because there are just so many other things to read, see, watch, and do.

If your mind starts to drift while settling down to enjoy a lengthy classic you may follow your impulses. This switching from book to book may also be linked to our online reading behaviours. While reading online you often jump from link to link, sometimes from midway through a story.

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