Reading Book on Phone – an etiquette question

It feels weird to read a book on my phone while in a waiting room.

I’m reading a book on the Kindle app on my phone these days, but heading to Columbus for a day of sitting, I tuck a real book in my bag – paper pages, I mean. It seems weird to stare at one’s phone when surrounded by others, but okay to have a book open.

Any thoughts on this?

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Reading, thinking, listening, writing and talking about faith, creativity, ESL for refugees, grief and finding the story in a story. Student of Spanish. Foe of procrastination. Cheez-it fan. People person with hermit tendencies or vice-versa. Thank you so much for reading.
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5 Responses to Reading Book on Phone – an etiquette question

  1. april1974 says:

    I have to say, if I saw someone intently focused on their phone for a long time I would have a different impression of them than if I saw them reading a book. Hm, interesting to think about now that you bring it up.

    BTW, have you stumbled upon the new word “nomophobia” yet? So glad there is an official word to use now.

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  2. Suz says:

    I vote for the *real* book. Paper books smell better than phones and are better for your eyes.

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  3. Deidra says:

    One day I sat in a crowded waiting room, reading Anna Karenina on my phone. The guy next to me kept glancing over my shoulder. Finally, apparently exasperated, he asked me, “What are you doing?” I hadn’t realized until that moment just how weird and antisocial that must have appeared to him. But, after I explained what I was doing – and what I was reading – he was cool with it. I never finished reading Anna Karenina, though.

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  4. Amy says:

    And if the “real” book is that one of Nouwen’s that’s in the picture …. I vote for Nouwen (that book is in my top ten favorites of all books). Amy

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