How much do we understand when skim reading?

Geoffrey B Duggan, Stephen J Payne

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Abstract

The World Wide Web and other technological advances have meant rapid reading or "skimming" of text is increasingly common in our information-rich time-limited society. This study investigates the effectiveness of skimming as a strategy for understanding a text. A replication and extension of Masson's (1982) work found that recognition of important, unimportant and inferable information declined equally when readers were required to skim rather than read text normally. This indicates that readers struggle to focus on important information when skimming. Moreover, a response bias suggests skimmers are more likely to over-interpret complicated information as consistent with the text. Thus, designers including large amounts of text should be aware that skimming is a limited strategy for achieving understanding.
Original languageEnglish
Pages730-735
Number of pages6
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Publication statusPublished - Apr 2006
EventACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI '06 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 22 Apr 200627 Apr 2006

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ConferenceACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI '06
CountryCanada
CityMontreal
Period22/04/0627/04/06

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Duggan, G. B., & Payne, S. J. (2006). How much do we understand when skim reading?. 730-735. Poster session presented at ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI '06, Montreal, Canada. https://doi.org/10.1145/1125451.1125598

How much do we understand when skim reading? / Duggan, Geoffrey B; Payne, Stephen J.

2006. 730-735 Poster session presented at ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI '06, Montreal, Canada.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Duggan, GB & Payne, SJ 2006, 'How much do we understand when skim reading?', ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI '06, Montreal, Canada, 22/04/06 - 27/04/06 pp. 730-735. https://doi.org/10.1145/1125451.1125598
Duggan GB, Payne SJ. How much do we understand when skim reading?. 2006. Poster session presented at ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI '06, Montreal, Canada. https://doi.org/10.1145/1125451.1125598
Duggan, Geoffrey B ; Payne, Stephen J. / How much do we understand when skim reading?. Poster session presented at ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI '06, Montreal, Canada.6 p.
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