Why Men Always Come Up To Me When I’m Reading Alone In Public

In my generation, I’ve always been an “abnormal” girl.

I’ve always been the type of girl who has enjoyed being a bookworm.

I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with technology, but sometimes, I feel like it’s good to use your imagination and expand your mind, especially while you read.

I feel as if for most people my age, technology has taken over life.

Our reliance on technology has completely changed how we think. For example, if we don’t instantly know the answer to something, we simply “Google it” to find the solution.

Being a bookworm has gotten me into some unusual situations, though, including men trying to start up conversations with me when I’m reading in public.

For example, one time, I was out with my friend, sitting in the front of Starbucks. I was reading “A Walk To Remember” when a cute, tall, fair-skinned boy with dirty-blonde hair and ocean blue eyes walked up to me. He said, “That’s a fascinating book. I cry every time I read it.” I just replied, “Yeah, I know.”

After that, I started to notice that every time I would go out with a book in my hand, men would interrupt me to comment on what I read.

So, here’s the question: Why won’t men just leave me alone when I’m trying to read in public?

The answer is actually quite simple. For starters, I think single men want to be with an intelligent girl.

Also, I feel like people find it odd to see a young woman my age with a book out instead of a phone in her hand. People just assume that most millennials are so into technology that we don’t care about not reading large novels. The novelty of finding a young, bookish woman draws men in, and those books make women like me appear creative, imaginative, and different from the rest.

People have asked me if it bothers me when a man tries to flirt with me while I’m reading in public. Honestly, no, not at all. It shows me that men are interested in getting to know me as a person and learning more about what I’m into. Also, it shows that the guy is willing to grow with me and learn new things that will expand his mind. My books are always a great conversation starter, and, who knows, that simple conversation about plot twists and character development just might develop into a first date or a romance worthy of its own novel.

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