Writing for mic.com, Kate Hakala argues that books are better than ereaders because books create opportunities for hooking up.
As more and more people opt for e-readers rather than paperbacks, the chances for people to connect over them dwindle. Not only are book readers sexy (just take the viral Instagram account Hot Dudes Reading), we also draw all sorts of flattering conclusions about people's book choices and use those choices to connect. Books are a natural pick-up line, an easy entryway to understanding someone's interests, passions and even biases.
"Two weeks ago I went to a show and told the woman next to me that she was reading one of my favorite books — Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. We sat next to each other and talked a bunch. When my date went to the bathroom, she gave me a very friendly and welcomed third degree. 'Is he your boyfriend? How many times have you gone out with him?'" Emily*, 27, told Mic. The conversation soon turned to polyamory, as the woman tested the waters of a possible threesome with Emily and her date.
"I once lent a play on the train to a man who was interested in it," Vanessa, 26, told Mic. "He'd always wanted to read another Cormac McCarthy. He asked me about it, I tucked my number in the jacket and passed it over."
I feel so stupid.
I'm a 36-year-old man, and for all of my adult life I thought books existed to be read, not as an excuse to hit on chicks. I can't believe how I have wasted my life, choosing books because I liked the author or story and not because they created opportunities to get laid.
But never mind the past; now that I am aware of the books-as-sexual-plumage idea, I'm going to grab my copy of the 2014 federal budget and head to the local bar.
Or should I choose a different book, do you think?