Should Reading Be Social?

Having social interactions around books is nothing new, but eBooks have brought a new meaning to the social experience of reading. Through social reading platforms, readers can see what their friends are reading, check their progress, see notes and even borrow books virtually.

As we become more connected, reading becomes more of a communal experience. But should it be? In an op-ed piece in The New York Times this week about the down side to the Internet, author Evgeny Morozov questions the Mark Zuckerberg‘s recent statement on Charlie Rose‘s show, “Do you want to go to the movies by yourself or do you want to go to the movies with your friends? You want to go with your friends.”

Pointing out the lowest common denominator factor when choosing films and art as a group, Morozov responds: “Besides, isn’t it obvious that consuming great art alone is qualitatively different from consuming it socially? And why this fear of solitude in the first place?”

What do you think?