When we consume too much information daily, we may overburden our senses and burn out. Our comprehension level drops and we become less effective.
Reading is slow...
The language in which a text is written can affect the speed of reading. For example, many words in Finnish are very long, which slows us down. On the other side, the dense Chinese characters that allow for faster reading and apprehension.
...so people prefer to scan
We can scan for more valuable content if we feel that parts of the book could have been omitted. Many authors fill in books with more pages, not necessary with better content. This quickly tires their readers and they don't have the time to finish their creations. To be more readable and maintainable, a text needs to convey the most important ideas in the fewest amount of characters. This way, both reading and scanning speeds increase and readers feel that they could find things faster.
Listening is less tiring
Life-long learning improves our lives and can help us:
- better understand why we do particular things
- inspect ways to transfer knowledge from other fields into our area of expertise
- be aware of new trends