About 50% of the time, I keep a book in my locker at work to read on my breaks. The other 50% of the time is usually spent on my phone either writing or watching something on Netflix while on break. It’s been this way for the past couple of years now, but for some reason, one of the people who have worked with me since I started here almost 7 years ago just now noticed it.
I was in the breakroom waiting for my food to be done when he mentioned that he saw me reading a lot. I said that I did. Then he asked if I read a lot at home and I answered that my leisure time at home was pretty much divided equally between reading, watching TV, and playing video games. His response to that was, “Oh, so you do normal things too.”
I didn’t know what to say to that. Mostly because he ranks much higher than me and I need my job. So, I nodded absently while thinking about what a tool this guy was.
Since when is reading not normal? I realize that nowadays it’s not as prevalent as it was in the past (at least, not overtly. A lot of people read on their portable devices instead of books today so you’re not sure what they’re doing on them), but when did it become not normal to read?
If this guy was younger than me, I might expect an attitude like that, but he’s at least 10 years older than me. I would think that someone like that would think it more normal to read a book than have my head buried in my phone. Then again, most people do have their heads buried in their phones most of the time now. I’m certainly not immune to it. I just don’t do it as often as most of the people around me. Maybe that does mean that I’m not normal.
If it does, so be it. I’d rather be not normal and read than be normal and not.