Hosted by Gautami! When is it inappropriate to read in front of others? Is it ever appropriate?
I would say definitely when you are up the table eating, and out in a restaurant. :) However, would it be the same if whoever you were with brought their book, or newspaper along too?
I wouldn't mind that at all, and would enjoy being "allowed" to eat and read at the same time, and to get some reviewing done! Although, others may frown up me doing so in public. Round the houses of friends and family - people who know you well - it probably wouldn't be so bad if it was the accepted way between you all.
Perhaps reading a book, or a newspaper in the pub while having a pub lunch is not so bad either? That sort of meal is not so formal.
But yes, it can be annoying, and uber-rude in some cases. It's a little someone receiving a text in the middle of a discussion - and then responding to it - in the middle of the discussion! I think that's rude. They should at least step aside, and say excuse me!
I guess it really does depend on who is with you, how well they know you, and where you are. I wouldn't dream of reading up the table at the Ritz. But then, I've never been to the Ritz. But I'd go if you invited me - and without my book!
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