When people read word-by-word:

  • If people find the very piece of information they are interested in, they are likely to read the related content word-by-word.
  • Research shows that if people read a piece of content for pleasure, they read more thoroughly and find reading effortless even on a computer screen.
  • Studies show that there are methodical web readers who usually don’t scan but read from top to bottom.
  • Well structured pages that are designed for cursory reading are more likely to be read.

https://uxmyths.com/post/647473628/myth-people-read-on-the-web

Somewhat true!

Interesting research about how people read websites. Luckily they do read content if it is interesting for them.