from Should Be Reading by MizB
Can you read amidst distractions? (tv, others talking, sporting events, etc)
I used to be able to read through most things. When I was at school I had to do my homework downstairs in the winter – my bedroom was too cold (no central heating) and as my grandparents lived with us and had the front room I had to do my homework with the rest of the family who were watching TV and talking. It never bothered me. I used to lie on the floor reading or writing, oblivious to the noise all round me. My sister could be chattering, playing the piano and generally messing about and I was still absorbed in a book. I used to walk around reading and could read anywhere.
But these days the sound level can affect me. I can read with the TV on, but the sound level has to be just right – too high or too low can be a distraction -Â but a programme that interests me can intrude sometimes. Music is great for reading by, IÂ rarely hear it. I can read in waiting rooms, but people sitting next to me talking loudly (both the old and the young can do that) can be distracting. And children playing are very distracting. I was waiting in the hospital for my husband recently and a small girl was playing very quietly on a little rocking horse, well she was quiet but the rocking horse wasn’t and it kept moving nearer and nearer to my feet.
So, I do read with noise all round me and it’s not distracting if it’s just background noise, but anything more and I can’t do it.