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Medium Should Remove the Read Time Altogether

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Do you agree?

The other day, a fellow Medium writer told me that he’d love to see the read time go.

“Wait what? Why?”, I asked him.

He told me that he felt pressured to write more short posts of less than 3 minutes.

He received feedback from his followers that his stories, usually around 6 to 8 minutes, were too long.

They told him that even if the title looks promising, they will avoid reading a story of more than 5 minutes.

To not turn off potentially interested readers, he suggested removing the read time altogether.

What exactly is the read time?

The read time is automatically calculated when you write a post. It’s based on the word count, number of images, videos, gifs, and other embedded content.

I read long as well as short posts — it really depends on the topic.

Do you agree? Should Medium remove the read time altogether?

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