I wonder if a lot of people feel this way. Are we–the readers, the lovers of the written word, the library-goers, the bookstore-haunters–are we the weird ones? Or is it weirder to look at a book and think, “Ew, who would want to read that?” and go off and surf the internet mindlessly for hours?
Not that I don’t spend enough of my time mindlessly surfing the internet. I do write a blog, after all. I’m sure some of you readers have come across it because of mindless internet surfing. And I won’t deny that sometimes my attention span is more suited to clicking “Stumble” over and over again rather than putting effort into reading a book. But…to never read? Or to think that liking to read books is weird? How?
I was talking with Andrew the other day about how I don’t usually have much interest in movies and even less in plays. Even when I like, or even love the movie (or play, or musical, as it were), by the time I’m five minutes in I’m checking my watch and wondering how much time there is left. For whatever reason, I just don’t have the attention span to sit through a movie longer than 90 minutes or so. But I can sit and read a book for hours. Why is that, I wonder? Maybe because I know I could stop and put it down if I wanted to, whereas with a movie or a play especially it’s harder (or impossible) to hit pause and then come back to it? The funny thing is that I almost never regret going to see a movie or a play; once I resign myself to seeing it, I let myself get involved in it and I enjoy it. So I don’t really know where that initial resistance comes from. Nevertheless, it’s there.
Does this ever happen to you? What do you generally have a better attention span for, books or movies?by