July 19th, 2010, 11:06 AM
~ Metal Forever ~
Very rarely ... though if I'm in a coffee shop reading and there is background music, I don't find it much of a distraction.
July 19th, 2010, 11:42 PM
I cannot read with any sound in the background, whether it's music, tv, or conversation. It will drive me to distraction and lead me to read the same page 5 times.
July 20th, 2010, 05:39 PM
I like to read during the commercials. Usually I'll keep the tv volume up so I can hear when my show is back on, while other times sound is too annoying and I mute it. With dvds I read during the boring parts.
I only listen to music to help me go to sleep or in the car. I like reading in the car, too, but never read with music.
July 21st, 2010, 09:31 AM
BOOKS & MUSIC!! these are two things i m obsessed with.i listen to music atleast 4 or 5 hours a day.but when i m reading i want complete silence.i never overlap these two things
July 27th, 2010, 01:26 AM
I like to listen to the Original Conan movie soundtrack, Benedictine monks or Vangelis depending on what im reading.
July 27th, 2010, 03:59 AM
I tend to listen to music when reading and can even read with the noise of 3 small children, I even managed to complete a book while in labour with my 1st child even with people come faffing about the room and with me!
But if my husband is watching TV while I am reading it distracts me too much so put on some headphones and listen to music.
July 27th, 2010, 08:04 AM
Writer by Profession
No, no background music.
If I'm reading in a coffeeshop I can tune it out, but if I'm at home, no.
July 30th, 2010, 12:08 AM
I have to have something going on in the background. Be it TV, iTunes, the Radio, or my girlfriend playing on the internet. Somehow it focuses me even more and tunes me into the book I am reading.
Of course I can read without any of those distractions but I find it more comforting to have background noises.
July 30th, 2010, 02:43 AM
Jekyll to another's Hyde
Considering I do so much stuff around the computer, I've learned to read and listen to music to some degree..mostly in the last 5-7 years. I always have stuff going from my PC so it kind of happened by accident.
Now if I'm reading somewhere else in the house I prefer things to be quiet, although I think I might be ok with the right kind of music and at a lowered volume. Some of the earlier choices might be kind of cool to try, (soundtracks for horror novels, certain kinds of classical, etc.), but for the most part I like the silence of things.
*I think the bulk of the problem is because I have a VERY hard time delegating the music to any type of 'background' position. If I'm playing something I really, really, want to just focus on what's playing and work stuff in around that. Having to split the attention between the two mediums makes me not enjoy either one near as much more times than not.
July 30th, 2010, 05:10 PM
Originally Posted by H.P. Rice Wells
I can listen to music at the same time as pretty much anything since I do so much stuff on my computer with music going. I can read and listen to basically any type of music. I don't necessarily prefer it but I might do so if I'm in the right mood. At times it can be distracting right as I start reading but it fades to the background after a little while.
August 4th, 2010, 04:36 AM
If you do, you're probably barely reading, frankly. how can you say you're reading if 50% of your attention is devoted to something that isn't reading, huh?
August 4th, 2010, 05:45 AM
Your Evil Overlord
Most people that read and listen to music aren't truly listening to the music but letting their subconscious process it. In my opinion it contributes to the mood of the story.
Originally Posted by Roy Ryders
I, of course, listen to music while reading and if I can find the perfect mood music for the book I prefer it to reading with only the sound of the wind as company.
August 7th, 2010, 10:25 PM
I think it's pretty hard for me to concentrate on more than one thing at a time and I tend to mentally block everything out when I read.
I live in a house with 4 other people so I've become pretty skilled at ignoring everything else