An interesting – if somewhat tongue-in-cheek – piece about reclaiming reading for the true introverts. But then, how could something by an author-lawyer not be both engaging and wry?
I have a slightly different issue than Amie: a deep-seated need to read all the words:
Words on your tee-shirt? I need to read them.
Poster behind you with train times on it? I need to skim it.
If there are no words in sight, I will be giving my full attention (or focusing on not). In fact, one of the first things I remember discussing with my (now) wife, was how she wasn’t put off by my habit of paying full attention to the person to whom I was listening.
So perhaps leaving the readers alone is good for you to: it might be the only thing protecting you from truly being observed.
Think about it. Used to be if you were hanging out at a coffee shop or even around the house, if you had something in front of your nose like a book or a computer, people wouldn’t bug you. They might think you were rude, but they’d get that you were busy.
Now, with the world at our fingertips on our phones, we’ve developed a new culture. One of people who comfortably ignore each other, even at the dinner table or on dates, in favor of checking our phones.
Most of the time people are lamenting the loss of personal contact and politeness in our society where it is not only acceptable but the norm to pull out your phone while talking to someone and flip through it. I’m arguing the other side, the side of those of us who want to ignore you!
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