I know this feeling…
Greg Coleman

Reading didn’t involve words from about second grade. It was simply a very detailed, very complex movie.

Before publishing this essay, I really thought I was alone in this. Probably the best thing about posting this on Medium has been finding out there are a bunch of us out there. We’re like the X-Men of reading…

I still read this way, although I’m in my mid forties now and I can’t do it nearly as often.

I lost the ability in my early 20’s, but I’m determined to get it back. To help me out, I’d really like to ask a couple of follow up questions, if you don’t mind. If you don’t want to answer, that’s OK, too. Just don’t respond, and thank you for your comment.

What I’d like to know is:

  1. A number of people responding to this story have experience similar to mine, where they could read in 3-D until their early 20s, but they lost it when they went to college. The emerging theory is that college itself beats it out of us by making us read as “study” in a way that kills our ability to read immersively for pleasure. Question: Did you attend college? If so, what was your major? Did you notice changes in your reading style/ability during those years?
  2. You can still read in 3-D in your forties. Was there ever a time when you lost the ability? If so, did it return on it’s own, or did you have to cultivate it? What was your process?

Great comment. Thank you, Greg!

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