The Invasion of Technology: The Diminishing of Traditional Reading

Boston-based software developer, Spritz, has recently launched an app which aims to enhance reading speed. Words are fired at the reader via their mobile device, with one letter being red. This is the “Optimal Recognition Point” (ORP) of the word which allows the reader to process the word instantaneously as their eyes won’t need to move at all to read the words due to the ORP being at the same space on the screen. 1,000 words per minute is their aim, while the human average for reading English text is only 220 per minute. I understand just how unique this idea…

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Volunteering and travelling: just how easy is it?

Travelling the world has always been romanticised and idealised by many students, especially those looking to go on gap years or spend long Easter and summer breaks abroad. But with the current economic crisis, can we – as students – really afford to city hop? What about some other options? Staying with a ‘host’ family – which is my next adventure – or Couchsurfing can give you a great taste of a traveller’s life at a cheap cost. Something which is more towards the deep end would be volunteering for a charity abroad, which would also be a relatively cost-effective…

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