Fight the urge to skim.
See what happens if you read every single word of these three paragraphs. Off the bat, it might not seem challenging. You might even find yourself enjoying the rhythm of a particularly long sentence, like this one, that revs up with a bright, simple idea and then before you know it - bam! - some ominous image begins creepy-crawling into your mind’s eye, complicating things, and suddenly you wonder what you’re doing here. What are you doing here?
The answer to that question has something to do with a belief in the inherent value of focus. You know you could skip ahead, but then you’d miss the point. When the brain skims text, it can’t grasp complexity, nuance, beauty. On the other hand, when neuroscientists scan the brain in the act of reading deeply, they see fireworks: critical thinking, empathy, creativity, short- and long-term memory, all kinds of random stuff from your childhood. Reading unlocks everything. No wonder it makes you smarter, happier, healthier, and even more successful in your career. It’s the most effective way to transform information into knowledge and wisdom.
There’s a widespread misperception that you learn to read as a kid and that’s that. In reality, reading is more like exercise, a lifelong practice, a skill that must be maintained and can always be improved. Readup is a community of people who believe in a moonshot idea: that reading can revitalize the internet, make it more sane, more human. We believe this because we experience it, every day, in all its glory: the meditation, the escape, the joy. Three paragraphs of text probably didn’t change your life. But wouldn’t it be crazy if it did?
How it works
- Get credit for reading things fully.
- Track and improve your performance over time.
- Go on a streak by reading a full article every day.
- Vote with your attention. Reads are like upvotes.
- Exceptional articles and stories thanks to exceptional data.
- No ads. No links. 100% distraction-free. (iOS app only. Chrome soon!)
- Earn the right to comment on an article by reading it fully.
- A community of readers creating a better web for everyone.
From the community
“Reading the articles has opened me in a way that is exciting and expansive. I love the quality of the selections, the community - the ease of use. This is VERY important, especially given all the evidence recently that people are having a really difficult time even being able to read, to have the ability to concentrate, to focus, to care what the hell they are even putting in their minds! I am SUCH a HUGE fan and grateful for this app.” -Pegeen
“WOW. This content is crazy good.” -Natalie
“From a mindfulness perspective, I enjoy seeing how much my monkey mind tries to make me skip sections and how good a practice it is to stick with it anyway.” -Leo
“I love how thoughtful the comments are.” -Crystal Hana Kim, novelist.
“I’m really enjoying being a user!” -Aram, Director, Ad Tech, Washington Post