Reading In Front of Others
When is it right to read in front of others? Is it ever appropriate?
I don’t think it’s really inappropriate. For me it’s not insulting or something improper.
But only if you’re already talking with someone else. You are with someone, either on a coffee shop, and then you start to pick up your book and read – that is really inappropriate. That would give an idea that you don’t want to talk to that person, and it’s rather insulting.
Honestly, I love this question because it’s something that I can relate to, it’s something that I experienced.
On my first few weeks on my new school, which means I’m really friendless, I bring along my novels and read while waiting for Dad to pick me up or just about anything just so I wouldn’t look like a loser+loner. But as I gradually made a friend or two, I stopped bringing any books. It rather prevents people from approaching and talking to you for two reasons – first, they’d feel awkward to approach you on the fear that they might disturb you and just as I already mentioned, it gives the idea that you don’t want to talk when you’re supposed to be making friends.
So the bottom line is – there’s a time for reading in public.