The Best Reading Position: A Study

by Rachel Baker on June 16, 2014

Natalie Meyer, over at book riot, has done a study of her best reading positions. I haven’t really considered my best reading positions before, but maybe I will now.

I’m a very restless reader. If you did a time lapse of me while I’m reading, I’d probably look like a pig on a spit. Finding a comfortable position was taking time away from actually reading and distracting me from books.

One day I figured that enough was enough. I decided to put it to the scientific test – what is the best reading position?

Method: “Best reading position” was defined as the one that I can stay in longest while reading. Each reading position was given 3 trials and a stopwatch was used to determine how long it took me to feel fidgety. At the end, all times were averaged. Various books were used in order to minimize the effects of a particular book on a position White Fang by Jack London; David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell; and The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey were the main ones during this study.

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