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Poll #906565 reading

interrupting a person who is reading a book is:

scandalous, and must not be done unless there is an emergency.
2(7.1%)
not a pleasant thing to do, but okay if one asks the person if they are willing to pause in their reading, then makes the interruption brief.
9(32.1%)
not okay to continue if, when asked, the reader is unwilling to pause from reading.
4(14.3%)
okay if the person is reading in a public place.
0(0.0%)
okay if the person is reading in a shared living area of the house.
0(0.0%)
always okay anywhere, for any reason.
0(0.0%)
other (comment, please).
0(0.0%)

reading is:

an important activity that should be respected.
17(60.7%)
a form of entertainment, but no more important than watching TV.
1(3.6%)
only good for gathering information.
0(0.0%)
not a waste of time.
1(3.6%)
generally a waste of time.
0(0.0%)
dead.
0(0.0%)

Comments

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mactavish
Jan. 14th, 2007 06:07 pm (UTC)
Context matters. deyo and I spend ages lying in bed reading together (*sigh* That's what happens when nerds mate) and we'll occasionally and carefully interrupt to talk a moment, or read funny bits to each other. If one or the other of us makes a reading noise, a laugh or a "hmm," the other will almost always ask about it. If he's reading on the sofa and I need the pruning shears, I'll walk in, wait for him to look up -- or interrupt, if he doesn't notice me -- and ask where they are, but I probably won't go in just to chatter. And I probably won't interrupt a stranger reading in a cafe or at the BART station unless I need a chair and that table has an extra, or need to know which train goes to Richmond.
bzdchris
Jan. 15th, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC)
However...
I don't think that reading is so important that one should refrain from communicating with a reader, since the communication is probably time-sensitive, while the book or object being read will remain after the communication is over. I've seen people use books as a means of NOT communicating with people they really should be communicating with, using the book as a shield against interaction. That is not cool.
cosmicbabe
Jan. 21st, 2007 08:41 am (UTC)
If I'm sucked into what I'm reading, anyone who wants to talk to me will need a bullhorn or a moderately large explosion to get my attention, because I (usually unintentionally) shut my ears off when I'm reading. That said, if someone interrupts me when I'm reading, they'd better be someone I love if they want their kneecaps to remain intact. I believe rudeness is unacceptable & unnecessary, except when strangers bother me while I'm reading -- then it's absolutely necessary!
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