Recently, I decided to implement the idea of there is no speed limit, and have been doing a non-official experiment with speed listening.

Speed listening is listening to audio books, audibles, or even watching videos on YouTube at double speed.

I’ve heard it from a few friends in business circles, and there are have been a few articles I’ve read recently on speed listening, so I figured I’d give it a test.

Most recently I’ve been listening to Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future on audible at double speed.

Surprisingly I’ve gotten through a 13 hour audio book in half the time and I don’t feel like I lost much of what I’ve learned.

In fact, I believe I am remembering more because the faster 2x speed is forcing me to focus on what is being said. Only occasionally when I’ve been distracted have I had to go back and replay a certain section because it zipped by.

Again this is not an official experiment but worth a try if you’re interested.

My hypothesis is that my brain, like practicing any skill, will adapt and get use to listening at double speed, making double speed normal speed.

The potential benefits of this is obviously that I would be able to learn 2x faster.

Some potential downfalls is longterm retention, and getting bored pretty quickly with the 1x pace of the regular world. We’ll see 🙂

If you’re interested in trying this out yourself I put together a quick guide on how to speed up playback on Quicktime, YouTube, and Audible.

Let me know your thoughts on this below.