Confession Central: Do you practice unhealthy habits while you read?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...

Confession Central: Do you practice unhealthy habits while you read?

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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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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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.

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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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.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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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.

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Lorraine Caplan | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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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!

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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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...

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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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.

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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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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. 

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pacorz | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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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...

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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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.

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melissa1106 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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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.

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taangerine | Student, Grade 12 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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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. 

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udonbutterfly | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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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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