Television: Long-time enemy of social life. It sits in the corner surrounded by the ‘nuclear family’ continually shouting whether anyone is really listening or not. It does not defer when people try to talk and is often louder than their voices any way. No thought required, sit down and absorb.
Books: Perceived as the gentler alternative to television. Non-intrusive. Quiet. Dignified. Said to inspire the imagination.
But are books any more social than tv?
Two people in a room watching tv will inevitably pass comment now and then. Two people in a room reading different novels – silence. What is more sociable?
But I still prefer books 🙂