I have frequently asked people if they think pulling out reading material in a group setting is rude. Most say it is. That amazes me. I have vague memories of scenes with my birth family, everyone sitting in the same room with a book or magazine or newspaper. One person would say, "It says here that ..." and conversation would happen for a while among those not so caught up in Neverland as to be oblivious to it. If it went on long enough, even the Neverland people would get pulled into it. Then there would be comfortable silence for a bit as the Neverland people drifted back off to their pirate fights until someone else started, "Hmm... this is interesting ...".
In my mind, reading material augmented both the conversation and the silences. Is there a chance I'm not alone in my desire for discussing more than what's already in our heads? I guess the ubiquitous television feed provides that sort of input for many. I'm not nearly so interested in that sort of setting. The squawking box disturbs my reading and, unlike the voices of my family, is simply irritating. I prefer the ebb and flow of conversation and silences filled with reading.