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Optimize Me

Is Life Better at 1.5x Speed?

You can consume more content by speeding it up, but what is it doing to your brain?

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4 min readJan 28, 2020


Optimize Me is an Elemental column exploring (and fact-checking) the weirdest self-improvement trends. It comes out every Tuesday.



Dana G Smith

Health and science writer • PhD in 🧠 • Words in Scientific American, STAT, The Atlantic, The Guardian • Award-winning Covid-19 coverage for Elemental