ucim wrote:I know people who highlight sections of (dead tree) text they are reading (just like they were taught in high school) even when the text is a newspaper that is going to be thrown out as soon as they are done. Go figure.
I do that too, albeit with scientific articles instead of newspaper articles, with different colours for different reasons of why the part important. I tend to end up highlighting most of the methods and results, and some of the introduction and conclusions. You would probably consider me a horrible person.
speising wrote:well, we all track the text on paper with a finger, too, don't we?
I do that, although I don't track the text entirely so much as I track the line I'm at, besides, I prefer using a bookmarker, piece of paper, ruler, one of those triangular ruler/protractor combinations (unsure what those are called in English) or even a pen or pencil (those are generally rather thick, so I prefer one of the former options).
jackal wrote:People who do this (follow with their fingers or, worse, as a family member of mine does, use a folded piece of paper or a ruler) while I'm trying to read along annoy me to no end. It's selfish, especially when they (as is almost always the case) read (often significantly) slower than I do--their hand (or the ruler) gets in the way and prevents me from continuing to read.
I don't generally have people reading along, how often do you do that? Is reading together your usual family entertainment? I don't do it when someone does happen to be reading along though.
SomeoneSomewhere wrote:I generally tend to do the variant where you scroll, trying to keep the cursor on clear space. And often realise whatever I'm reading scrolls by page, so it's pointless...
Scrolls by page? I do the scrolling to keep up with my reading too, but have only had issues with it once (for some horrible e-learning website that captured my arrow keys to go to the next tab, so I needed the scroll wheel, very uncomfortable). You should put the cursor at the edge from the beginning though, that's far more comfortable.
Willl wrote:Does anyone want to stand up and admit that they don't do this?
Well, not like it's described in the comic (I don't care about what the selection looks like, only which lines are selected), and only when I've reached the end of the page (making the scrolling method impossible), or when the page fits in the browser window to track my reading.
Really, I don't follow my reading in pages with short pieces of text (except the scrolling, I do that anyway)