Why your brain loves closed captioning | Salon.com

Why your brain loves closed captioning

Captioning has taken off — and for good reason

By
Mary Elizabeth Williams

Published April 4, 2021 5:30PM (EDT)


A young couple cuddling and watching a movie on a video projector (Getty Images)


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It’s Friday night, and my family and I are engaging in that rarest of pastimes — communal viewing. We fire up the newest episode of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” and we make sure we’ve turned on the subtitles. No one in our household is hard of hearing. So why do we do that?

We’re clearly not unique in our habits. [...]

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