Does it bug you when people say they have no time to read?

United States
January 28, 2010 12:57pm CST
I hear this excuse all the time. And it bugs me. It really does. Because at the same time they're able to surf facebook for two hours and watch TV all night long, but they don't have time to read. It drives me crazy. I think it's sad that fewer and fewer people are reading these days. Every day I get on the train and I see dozens of people just sitting there doing nothing. You could easier get a book at the library and read it during your trip instead of just sitting there. For me, I take a book wherever I go. I read in every spare minute, and I finish loads of books. You can make time to read quite easily. Does it bug you when people say they have no time to read?
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@jb78000 (15173)
29 Jan 10
well it doesn't annoy me but it is almost always untrue. why not just say you don't really like reading? or that you are so busy at the moment (maybe a new baby for example) you prefer things that don't require any concentration like the television?
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• United States
30 Jan 10
lol, yeah but "I don't like to read." bugs me nearly as much as "I don't have time to read." Thanks for your comment!
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
29 Jan 10
People say they have no time for a lot of things. It doesn't bother me because I hear "I don't have so much spare time that I would spend any of my time doing that." It makes sense to me. I don't have time to read because I am a slow reader and reading gives me a headache, which eats into my other time as well. However, I do read audiobooks for several hours a day while I'm working. I hear the excuse that people don't have time to run all the time. When I tell people I go running they say they wish they had the time. I can understand that though, it takes several hours a week of my time. When I was a student I would not have had this time. Which is probably why I didn't start running until after I graduated. Sometimes people have to prioritize their time. And surfing the internet and watching TV take a lot less energy than reading.
• United States
30 Jan 10
I don't run, but I go on walks for an hour a day, and I am a student. I don't think people know how to prioritize their time at all. What bothers me about people who say they don't have time to read, is more often than not they do have time and they're just making an excuse because they don't like to read.
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
30 Jan 10
Do you have a job too? When I was a student at one point I was going to school full time plus working 60 hours a week. Walking an hour a day is ridiculous unless it's for transportation when you have that kind of a schedule. I had no time for fun reading (not that reading is fun for me) and no time for TV or anything other than work and school. I think being a student varies. A lot of people are students, but they aren't taking difficult classes. Get back to me when you're taking organic chemistry and still have time for reading and hour long walks.
• United States
30 Jan 10
No, I don't have a job. You've got me there, I'll admit it. But even though I'm not taking organic chemistry, I'm still in difficult and time consuming classes. I'm a film student. Just yesterday (after a 4 hour class) I spent 6 hours doing a video shoot for one assignment, and I didn't get to go on my walk. But I still read about 40 pages of my book on the train ride to school and the train ride back. It's not hard to find a few minutes to read. Please don't be offended by my instance that there is time to read in whatever schedule you have. I feel a strong need to defend reading these days.
• Portugal
29 Jan 10
I love reading but I really don't care wether others do or not, I've heard people saying they don't have time, when they actually mean they don't like to. What annoys me is that people don't come out and say it, because they are afraid people will think they are stupid or something... Reading is very important, it's a easy and fun way to learn more, and improve your culture, but I chose to study literature, so obviously I think reading is great. People should read, but they don't, and I don't think we have the right to make them do it, it's their choice, we just don't agree with it... About the train, I don't read in the train or subway, it gives me a headache, I'm sure there's a lot of people with the same problem. By the way, what's your favourite book?
• United States
30 Jan 10
Ehhh... it is their choice, but it breaks my heart. I think everyone should read, at least on a daily basis. I don't quite see how reading on a train could give you a headache, but okay. As long as you read other places. I really don't think I can pick a favorite book. I like so many. I'm really into high fantasy and some of my favorites of those are Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, and The Last Unicorn.
• Portugal
31 Jan 10
I'm a Jane Austen kind of girl myself. Well, we just need to be respectful of other people's choices, I'm sure we don't give any credit to things they find important. Plus, there are many people who read and only read light literature, which, to me, is even worse than not reading at all...
• United States
31 Jan 10
I've read "Pride and Prejudice" but have yet to check out her other books. I think reading something is better than not reading at all. Even if it's light, then it's still reading. They are still engaging their minds in something, which is better than watching hours of television.
@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
29 Jan 10
Either a book or reading articles. Not the same pleasure experience, for sure. I love reading too, and it's been awhile since I've caught up on any good book. I should start soon. I think it's awesome that you are encouraging reading, in a way.. There is always good reading to be done when one puts their mind to it.
• United States
30 Jan 10
I'm trying very hard to encourage reading. Thanks for your comment!
@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
31 Jan 10
Pleasure..
@himzey (1321)
• India
17 Aug 11
Suggest one for me too. :)
@geniustiger (1699)
• Philippines
29 Jan 10
I respect their answers whatever it is. Each of us have different hobbies, wants and skills to do. But there are people who loves to read rather than to watch tv and surfing. I'm not also wide reader. I want to do other things than reading . Its my will to see in real than thinking . Maybe its also a choice for everyone what she likes to do.
• United States
30 Jan 10
When someone tells me they don't like to read, it really bugs me. It's almost like hearing someone say they didn't like movies or music. With such a wide variety of things to choose from, how can you just not like everything? I think the trend of not reading is actually hurting our nation. I like to do other things than read too, but I still make time to read even if I'm busy. I make time for all my hobbies, and even some things that aren't my hobbies. People can make time to read.
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
30 Jan 10
Why do you go walking instead of running? Everyone should love running! Oh wait... a lot of people don't. Not everyone likes to read. Why is that so bad?
• United States
30 Jan 10
I do love running, but when I'm going around the lake I don't want to rush. I like to take everything in, and relax. I'll run on the sidewalk once the lake is out of sight. There's a big difference between running and reading. There's a difference between someone saying they like to walk instead of run and someone saying they like to watch tv instead of read books. I bring a book to class with me every day, and I've been bombarded by comments about how reading is stupid, boring, makes people go blind, and gives people headaches. Forgive me if I feel a need to defend reading.
• United States
31 Jan 10
Actually, yes. It does bother me when people make excuses not to read, but are sitting around playing Mafia Wars on Facebook, or are checking their Tweets every five to ten minutes of every day. I can understand if you're researching the internet constantly for college because you have a lot of papers to write, and can't find the sources at a library. But if your "too busy" is only goofing off on the Web, to me that's just being negative toward yourself. There's nothing wrong with picking up a book now and then and reading it. Currently, I borrowed a book from the Library called The Shadow Within by Karen Hancock, and I'm on chapter 2. I'd go nuts if I couldn't read.
• United States
31 Jan 10
Shadow Within? No way! I love that book! The Legend of the Guardian-King series is one of my favorites. I agree. I think my generation is too involved in mundane tasks like tweeting and facebook. They need to pick up a book every once and awhile.
@jayrene (2713)
• Philippines
29 Jan 10
i love reading.. and what you said here is true but it doesn't bug me at all. we all have our own likes and dislikes... some people really are not into reading, to me that's just the way it is. there are activities that other people like which i dont like, and if they dont like reading fine with me as long as they wont bother me if i am reading . what bugs me are those people that would get annoyed because i read too much, ive met some...
• United States
30 Jan 10
Well, it actually kind of breaks my heart when people tell me they don't like reading. I think the world could be a smarter and more educated place if more people read on a daily basis. I've had some people get annoyed that I read lots too. They think it's inhuman or something for a person to always bring a book to class with them. Thanks for your comment!
@maezee (33461)
• United States
29 Jan 10
I think someone could easily find time to read for 5-10 minutes per day. I hate when people make excuses about anything, but especially about not having "time". I have friends who will say - sorry, I didn't have TIME to call you or WRITE on your facebook, and it just makes me want to roll my eyes at them. It takes all of 2 minutes to do any of those things. So either they're just being lazy or forgot to, and I wish people would admit this instead of make excuses!
• United States
30 Jan 10
Agreed. Thanks for your comment!
@stormygrl (763)
• United States
29 Jan 10
I love to read and it's hard to put the book down sometimes so I go through them so quick at times. I don't know that it bugs me ,some people just don't care to read,though they miss out on some great books and a little getaway for the mind...
• United States
30 Jan 10
Agreed. Thanks for your comment!
@olisaur (1932)
• United States
28 Jan 10
Yes, I have heard that excuse a lot and seen a lot of that "no time" spent watching TV and doing pointless things on the internet. I love to read and find meaning in the novels and thinsg I read- it seems like with the advancement of technology (making everything easier) people are getting lazier and lazier.
• United States
30 Jan 10
That's how I feel some of the time. Thanks for your response!
@MrKennedy (1994)
28 Jan 10
Yes it does bug me. I don't get angry about it because everybody to their own I guess, but it does irritate me when people say that whilst they have been wasting time refreshing Facebook for the past two hours or sprawled out in front of the telly watching stuff they have no interest in, but because apparently "there is nothing else on". Reading is a wonderfully simple pleasure, and everybody can enjoy it, so why give it a miss wasting time doing inferior things?
• United States
28 Jan 10
Agreed. Thanks for your response.
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
2 Feb 10
Speaking specifically to the idea of so many people just sitting on the train not reading..... my husband, MIL and a few other people I know could not even THINK of reading while in a moving object, it would make them very sick. But I do understand what you mean. I don't let it bug me only because I am empathetic to the feeling. There have been times in my life that I felt like my time was not my own, that every minute was taken up with either doing a task or planning/preparing for the next task. I too am one who will carry a book with me everywhere, but during those high stress times of my life I would find it difficult to shut out the world and climb into my books. When I think about those times in my life I can imagine that I would sit down at night and just wonder aimlessly surfing the web and feel like I'm at least reading some and keeping up to date with the world. The one excuse that bugs me is when people say 'I don't read because it puts me to sleep'. I say, then read something different, something you will want to stay awake to read.
@chazzief (237)
• Malaysia
1 Feb 10
It's just a lame reason because they probably are not interested in reading books. They prefer reading their friends messages at Facebook, or reading the subtitles on TV. Those who love book always have time to even read at least few lines while waiting for the train or buses, and we always make our mind work by reading so many things and knowing so many new knowledge every time we read books ^^
@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
31 Jan 10
nah. It's the same thing as people who have no time to cook or to clean their homes. For most people, it's a time management issue.
@adck147 (25)
• China
30 Jan 10
it doesn't bug me,i've got used to it. i know it cannot be possible that everyone loves reading like me. i just know that the people who loves reading can always find time for reading no matter how busy they are.
@myzire72 (1157)
• Singapore
29 Jan 10
Well, it is quite normal nowadays that people spend most of their time doing something other than reading a book. I guess it's their way of winding down after a hard day's work. However, I think all of us do read everyday, except that the medium may differ. For example, most people read newspapers daily or they get the latest news from the Internet. Some people may turn to magazines for the latest fads or fashion. I do read books every now and then. It's just one of my hobbies that I indulge in.
• United States
29 Jan 10
I think finding time to read is like anything else - you have to make time for it. Like you said, people make time for the internet and tv and many other non-essential things. Some people choose to make time to read and some don't.