Experiencing media in 2x speed
I have a number of podcasts that I listen to, and not enough time for them all. Then one day I noticed a 2x speed button on my ipod player. Out of curiosity I pressed it, and my life has never been the same again.
I started to listen to every podcast at accelerated speed. Voices maintained the normal pitch, but were just much faster. There was no sacrifice in speech comprehension, as my brain can still easily understand everything. In fact, I found that I actually preferred listening this way. I was finally able to keep up with everything I wanted to listen to.
This did not stop here, why should it? I next experimented with watching anime this way. Time is my most limited and valuable resource and I have a huge growing list of shows I want to watch and not enough time. Watching them at increased speed worked incredibly well. I basically doubled my precious time reserved for shows. Things at the back of my list that I normally would never get to were now getting watched. I have also been watching live action shows at increased speed as well. The episodes of Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Walking Dead and Dexter flew by. Where I normally only get to watch one episode before it's time for bed now became two.
You might think this could potentially throw off the pacing and make the shows less enjoyable. However, pacing is relative; when everything is at 2x speed your brain adjusts and it will become unnoticeable. Even if there were drawbacks, the ability to save half the time it takes to watch anything greatly makes up for it. Watching a 26 episode anime is roughly 9 hours. Imagine if you could have watched that season and magically got 4.5 hours back to do anything you want.
So, is this weird? Does anyone else do this? Everyone I've told this to thinks its the dumbest thing they have ever heard and call me an idiot. I think people overestimate how fast 2x speed is. It does not make it any harder to follow and, in my opinion, any harder to enjoy.