Listening Rates: I read somewhere that our brains can comprehend 300 – 350 spoken words per minute (wpm). Most speakers usually speak at a rate of 100 – 160 wpm and so there is a gap between comprehension rate vs spoken rate . This gap some say is the reason why people lose attention. The mind fills the gap by wandering and hence the loss of attention.
iPhone Helps: Be that as it may, the purpose of this post is to take advantage of our minds capability to listen to more words per minute. I listen to audio books and podcasts regularly on my iPhone. A few months back, I came across this feature where you can double the speed of the podcast or the audio book. Since then I have tried this feature and now am able to finish the audio book/podcast in lesser time at the same comprehension. So, hats off to Apple for this time saving feature.
How-To increase speed: When listening to an audio podcast or an audio book you will see either 1x, 1.5x or 2x as you keep clicking on this icon. Selecting 1.5 x or 2x increases the audio speed. The audio at 2x is the maximum and most of the times it is still comprehensible. I saw this option only on the books downloaded from audible.com but not on the ones copied from a CD.
Has anyone tried this feature before and what are your thoughts?