Every other Thursday here at the Broke & The Bookish is A Cocktail Conversation time. One of the TB&TB members will pose a question to 2-3 of the other members of TB&TB crew about books, life, music, etc and then they'll answer and we can converse about it. So grab a cocktail & cozy up for some conversation. It's 5 o'clock somewhere, friends.
What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
Bridget says: Background noise is a definite. I generally like there to be as little noise as possible when I'm reading. And something that stops me from reading on my iPad as often as I should is the siren song of other apps--it's so much harder for me to concentrate on a book when I'm reading on a screen, because my usual screen reading habits (ie general internet browsing) are a lot less attention-intensive than most books.
Julia says:If I am on my tablet, wanting to go look something up that I just read about. Maybe it's fact checking, maybe it's just wanting more information before I continue. Recently I was reading the 4th book in the series and forgot what had happened in the third. I was so distracted by the fact that I should know what is going on! In general though I can zone pretty well into a book and only get distracted if someone starts talking to me.
Tahleen says: It's terrible, but I get distracted by my phone or the Internet. I'll often find myself sucked into Facebook or Instagram or my email, and before I know it an hour has passed. I also get very distracted by the TV—anytime HGTV or the Food Network is turned on, there goes my evening.
Lori says: I usually get distracted by the TV going in the background, even if it's not something I want to watch. I'll also get distracted by people's conversations, more so if I know the people talking. Like Julia, I am really bad about wanting to hop on my phone to fact check or read more about something I just read, which opens up a whole rabbit hole of distraction.
What about you? What distracts you while you are reading?