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Why we forget most of the books we read

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Surely some people can read a book or watch a movie once and retain the plot perfectly. But for many, the experience of consuming culture is like filling up a bathtub, soaking in it, and then watching the water run down the drain.
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"Memory generally has a very intrinsic limitation
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The "forgetting curve", as it's called, is steepest during the first 24 hours after you learn something.
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unless you review the material, much of it slips down the drain after the first day, with more to follow in the days after, leaving you with a fraction of what you took in.
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recognition memory is more important. "So long as you know where that information is at and how to access it, then you don't really need to recall it," he says.
2018/02/14 02:26
When people expect to have future access to information, they have lower rates of recall of the information itself,"
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In 2009, the average American encountered 100,000 words a day, even if they didn't "read" all of them. It's hard to imagine that's decreased in the nine years since
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most common kind of reading is likely reading as consumption: where we read, especially on the internet, merely to acquire information. Information that stands no chance of becoming knowledge unless it 'sticks'."
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The information is flowing in, we're understanding it, it seems like it is smoothly collating itself into a binder to be slotted onto the shelves of our brains. "But it actually doesn't stick unless you put effort into it and concentrate and engage in certain strategies that will help you remember."
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