Inconsistent reading times?

Are there any factors that go into “Read time” other than Word Per Min and Seconds Per Image?

I’ve noticed that for one article, I might get something like:

Logged In: 7 min
Logged Out: 9 min
Mobile: 14 min

I have the selector set to the post content wrapper, so I’m not sure where these differences in read time are coming from.

Hi @sunny,

Thank you bringing this up!
This does sound odd.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to reproduce this behaviour on my end.

Could you possibly share a frontend link to an article where this happens?

Thank you in advance.

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Of course :slight_smile: Here’s an example link: The 3 Best AI Website Builders in 2023 | NewPulse Labs

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FYI, here both 11 min on mobile and laptop.

Edit: The above were both in Safari, just checked Chrome and Firefox on desktop, both 7 min.

Can confirm.

Thanks for that :slight_smile:

Thank you @dennis77 and @Marius for confirming this on your ends.

I have also noticed that Safari displays a different read time to the other browsers.
Interestingly, on my own installation, the read time remains consistent, regardless of the browser used.

To investigate this further, I have set up a demo instance.
Please log in with this, and see the Single Posts template and Read time test post.

Feel free to play around, to see if the error is reproducible.

Thank you in advance.

Hey @Araminta, thanks for taking the time to setup the sandbox environment.

After doing some more debugging, I’ve noticed that it’s a conflict with WP Rocket causing the issue. When disabling WP Rocket’s image lazy loading, the reading times are consistent.

I looked to see what the difference is with WP Rocket enabled/disabled. Here’s the link: Reading time diff - Diff Checker

I’m wondering if maybe it’s including the content within the tags as part of the reading time?

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Thank you for digging deeper, @sunny!

Thanks for this, very interesting.

This seems to be the case.

Rest assured, we’ll try to see if we can help improve this behaviour with a few tweaks, so you may continue using WP Rocket on your installation.

Thank you for your understanding.

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