Julie Andrews (julieandrews) wrote,
Julie Andrews

Gender-Based Reading Habits

The Telegraph has an article on survey results about men and women's reading habits. Apparently women are more likely to finish a book quickly.

More interestingly, apparently a lot of people are lying about what they've read to impress people, particularly the opposite sex. To which I say 'huh?'. If you want to have read a book to sound impressive, such as Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand, why don't you just go ahead and read it already? (Note: I have not. I own it. I mean to read it. Bought it at Readercon last year.)

If the other person is going to be impressed by you saying you read a book, then why not impress them with a book you actually have read? Then you could at least talk about it without sounding like a doofus!

Also, apparently both sexes think the other sex is impressive if they've read Shakespeare. Yea, well, okay. Or it could just mean they graduated high school in an English-speaking country, y'know.

(ObLJ: I will be reading more of the comments left on my previous entry when I have a larger chunk of time to get into it. The early part of the week is always busy for me.)
Tags: gender, reading

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