With all the awards and tags going around, there is one question that I seem to see a lot- “Can you multitask while reading a book?” When this is asked it is normally referring to activities such as listening to music or watching TV, but there are other activities under multitasking as well.
After reading several posts, I found that most people actually say yes! Apparently I am part of the minority when it comes to multitasking and books. It is absolutely impossible for me to read while listening to music, and sometimes I wish it wasn’t that way. I see all these amazing book playlists with songs to match the tone, but I can’t listen to them. If a song is on when I am reading, I get distracted because I am going along with the lyrics. I don’t want to focus on the music more than the wonderful book in front of me! Now when I say music playing, I mean music that I am directly playing around me. Background noises and music don’t affect me at all, but if I play something on the computer next to me, it’s over. I’m just weird like that.
When it comes to watching TV and reading, I’m not sure how it is possible to pay attention to two stories at once. I want to direct my attention to one or the other, or else I’m getting nothing out of either of them. However, I am allll about reading during commercial breaks! It’s such a productive way to spend time if it is a book you can easily put down after a couple of minutes.
Am I the only one like this? Does anyone else have the same issue with listening to music while reading? Even when writing I can’t listen unless it is that “concentration” music. Seriously, I have typed lyrics before! For all of those who do listen to music while reading, what music do you lean toward? Is there any genre that distracts you more than another?