I eat while I read.
Sometimes, when the story is heavy and sad, I bite my nails.
Other times,when I read scary stories, I roll my hair around my fingers so much that I have LOST hair.
What are your unhealthy reading companions?
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I must admit that I do all of the preceding- eating, reading standing up, reading with low light, and with horrible posture. I have put off chores to finish a book and, hold your breath, put off making dinner for the kids for a bit. But, they are both readers and understand.
Like other editors, my worst reading habit is the way in which I can get so caught up in a book that I will carry on reading well past my bedtime until that book is finished. If the story is gripping enough and a real page turner, I will stay up until very late in the night--or even in the morning--until I reach the end.
Because my father had an absolute fit if anyone had a light on past a certain hour--"I'm paying the bills here, you're not!"--I would read with a flashlight under the sheet of my bed. Then, I read many a book in the sunlight on the beach, at the lake--wherever I had to wait hours and hours while my husband had "just one more worm" for his fish hook. Since I am now paying for this optical abuse, I no longer practice such bad habits.
I do still neglect to eat or sleep if there is a mesmerizing novel that earns my rapt attention. Then, I mourn the loss of this "friend" when having finished the narrative.
I will confess to eating while I read, even sometimes deliberately postponing eating until I have something to read. I also swill down what seem to be buckets of coffee when I'm reading. But far worse is that I smoke when I read, which is something that I really need to stop doing, whether I'm reading or not!
I'm with Brett. Posture is definitely a problem. My run-in with cooking and reading came when I was a kid and put a quarter cup of salt instead of a quarter teaspoon in some cookies. My mother was not best pleased... Nowadays, in addition to posture, my main problem is eating while I read. But I wish I only overate while reading...
The unhealthiest habit I have is reading for hours and hours at a time, sometimes without stopping. I have been known to get so caught up in a book that I forget to eat! I know that staying in one place for too long is not good for you, but sometimes I get so caught up in a book I sort of lose perspective on my body.
I am very sure that reading with my book light in bed is hurting my eyes. The light is OK, but I have yet to find one that doesn't cast some weird shadows, especially when the batteries are running low. I am at that "magical" age when I have noticed that the lighting has to be just right and my arms have to be just a little bit longer in order to read anything. My nighttime reading habits are going to put me in dreaded bifocal/reading glasses territory sooner than I would like.
I go overboard with multitasking sometimes. I love to read but I don't have much time in my day to simply sit and enjoy a book, so I read at random times, like while I'm cooking dinner. I will prop it up out of the way and work hard to keep the book clean as I cook. Dinner usually comes out OK, but occasionally the book doesn't! There was an incident with a pan of beets and a library book last year that cost me $25, but at least I don't read while I'm driving like my neighbor does...
Probably the most unhealthy thing for me where reading is concerned is my posture. I like to put my feet up, and sometimes I am slumped down in a chair or couch in ways a 43 year old male probably shouldn't be. I'm usually reminded of that the following day. I don't usually eat while reading. Watching television and eating is another story entirely.
Sometimes when I read I sit in an uncomfortable position. sometimes I am hunched or the book is too close to my face but I do not realize until I feel somewhat uncomfortable. My mind also sometimes drifts while reading a I lose concentration on what I was looking at.
When I read, I often end up laying of my bed or if I'm sitting, my back is hunched. I can't help it because as the book is getting good, I can't put it down. My back often hurts the next day because of it.
Yes, I love eating while reading a book. I find it no different than when someone likes to eat popcorn or candy while watching a movie. To me my book is my movie haha. Also I have this bad habit of taking my book everywhere I go especially if it's getting really good.
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