MEtime : Read a Book OR Listen to Music?

MEtime : Read a Book OR Listen to Music?
Have you ever researched the term Metime on Twitter? The wonderful things people do for their precious moments. Relaxing in a warm bath with flower petals floating in the water. Going on a nature walk. Enjoying a cup of tea. The activity list is endless.

  • We all know that resting and relaxing is key to maintaining our physical and mental health.
  • We all need some time to ourselves but when we get it, sometimes we don't know what to do! (O.o)
For most of us however if we are at home, it's a cold day outside, we have nowhere to go, nothing urgent to do, the housework is done, etc., we can take a moment to relax.

Let's imagine that you have no Internet access and no television to watch.
But you do have some MEtime.

Which activity would you prefer?

Reading a book or listening to music?

  • Reading a book, while very enjoyable holds me captive. Although I must say that snuggling up under a warm blanket, during a quiet time, and reading a good book is a treasured moment. But I'm stuck on a couch, an easy chair, or in my bed, holding the book with two hands and reading it. I can't move freely around the house or do anything else. Yes. I know I'm supposed to be relaxing. But!! … I have to multitask! It helps me relax. LOL.

  • I prefer listening to music. I still have a CD player. Just pop in 5 CDs and listen to music for hours. As an alternative, I can turn on the radio to an easy listening station. While I'm listening to the music I can do other things that are also relaxing. Knitting, crocheting, art, look through old photographs, etc. If I have a pair of wireless headphones? That's even better. It's my music world. I keep my music all to myself and nobody can intrude. If the music is soothing enough, I could even slow myself down completely and fall asleep.
Is listening to music your first choice for rest and relaxation?



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Anonymous

Go Both Ways

to be honest i like both listening to music and also reading books, sometimes while reading a good book i tend to listen to music at the same time so that i can be in the same mood as that of the scenarios in the book. there is a pros and cons in both of these. sometimes enhancing your brain and reading books in a solemn and quiet place is just as relaxing as laying down on your soft bed and listening to relaxing music. and doing both of this things is like experiencing the best of both worlds.
Posted by Anonymous on 03-19-2018
Anonymous

MEtime

it depends on my mood. sometimes reading takes you a new place. you tend to pause for several minutes and reflect on things. on the other hand, i really do not have a specific genre when it comes to music. Again, it depends on what i feel on that particular moment. when i feel my adrenaline shooting up, i listen to a rock music alone in my room and when i feel calm, i listen to an instrumental kind of music. for me, its really on how you wanted to be more relaxed.
Posted by Anonymous on 04-02-2018
manmad

Combination.

I see nothing bad in combining both, I usually put on some good music and read a good book or even some information on internet that I find interesting, this might even include comic books. Well, it's true that you won't be as focused on the music as you would be if you're just listening to it with your eyes closed, but combining both is great.
Posted by manmad on 03-16-2018
MomoStarr16

Music is life

I choose to listen to music first whenever I got stress or just to have a good time for myself. It gives me a lot of relaxation to lower down all the negativity in my body and brain.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 03-16-2018

Disagree

kgord

book

I like music but I don't listen to it that often unless I am in the car. I am a book reader, but honestly, rather than early of those, I like to watch videos and movies. That is what I like to do when I have spare time.
Posted by kgord on 03-16-2018
JMS

Read A Book

Oh, it has to be read a book every time! I just love getting lost in the pages and wondering what is going to happen next. Sometimes I read outside my comfort zone too to see how writers write about different subjects. Mostly I enjoy novels but I do also enjoy reading factual historical genre as well.
Posted by JMS on 03-22-2018
Kakashi2020

Reading for Relaxation

Reading is a passion of mine ever since I was in gradeschool, I think I've read more than a thousand books since then. I'm a speed reader, I don't know how I developed this skill but, it was in highschool when I was making several book reports for my classmates and I would just scan the pages and understand the page.

I like reading science fiction and graphic novels, it brings me enjoyment and pleasure, it also relaxes me. I like to visualize what I'm reading, this makes it fun.

Posted by Kakashi2020 on 04-02-2018

Comments

lovely
I do the two anytime I'm stressed out and I just need metime to keep things going I just relax with my favorite music and it either put me in a better frame of mind or keep me going for the time.Music is a good food to our body, spirit, and soul it helps uplift it and as such it really a blood tonic needed to turn things around when we are now down and worn out at least that is what it does to my wrecking nerves.
Posted by lovely on 03-15-2018
jaymish
Why do we have to chose? I love them both. I used to listen to music in my free time. But I realized that you can listen to music while working and it makes your work more enjoyable. I now work from home and I listen to music all the time. Still it's not my favorite thing to do. I love to read. Specifically romance books. I started reading romance novels when I was 14 years old. I still enjoy them to this day. When I was younger they helped me to get through alot of rough patches, with the hope that things will get better.
Posted by jaymish on 03-16-2018
MomoStarr16
This one is hard. I both do them when I am free and to take away stress. They both make me happy and show a lot of interesting things when I do them. But of course one of them should win so I am going to vote with it. Good article you got here.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 03-16-2018
vhinz
I think it is not necessary to choose either to Read a book or listen to music because both have different significance to our lives. By reading books, our knowledge and understanding of different things will be improved. Music can help us to relax, ease us from stress, motivate us when we are at work, improves our sleep, can put is in good mood, and could even heal us.
Posted by vhinz on 03-16-2018
Mehano
I would have to go with listening to music. I do read books and enjoy them but I don't really read daily. I tend to read a few books per months max. On the other hand, I listen to music for hours every single day and I can't imagine my life without it. It's just incredible what an effect it can have on your mood and life.
Posted by Mehano on 03-16-2018
babyright
To relax well for me i usually listen to good music , watch good films from youtube and sometimes i read good moral books.
Posted by babyright on 03-16-2018
gata montes
This would be a hard choice for me - particularly as I enjoy both reading and listening to music - however as I have a huge amount of hobbies - gardening, hiking, hand painting motives on ceramics/glass, knitting and more - all of which are even more enjoyable than they already are when listening to my favorite sounds - I think it fair to say that I'm probably leaning more towards listening to music than the alternative of reading books in my down time.
Posted by gata montes on 03-16-2018
JB Fernandez
It is really hard to choose, because these two are such an amazing stuffs to do. Music can help us relax and meditate. While reading can educate or entertain us. It would be unfair to choose one, as it has a different aspect of usage.
Posted by JB Fernandez on 03-16-2018
Corzhens
In the olden days, it was a toss up between reading a book that I like or listening to music that I like. Take note that I included the qualifier “I like” because I hate listening to music that I don’t like, I get annoyed. But now, it seems that my age have made me change for that so called MEtime. When I want to relax, I get my phone and play with Candy Crush. That game really entertains me no end that it is now my stress reliever.
Posted by Corzhens on 03-16-2018
Barida
Listening to music is something that gives me the good feeling that none of the other option which is to read a book doesn't guarantee. I've come to understand that listening to music is a way that we get to calm our body down especially on situations where we are living under depression or feeling lonely. I don't joke with the power of music for I've come to notice that it is far more effective than reading a book no matter how interesting the book might seem.
Posted by Barida on 03-16-2018
gavinci13
It's hard to do both. For some who said a combination believe it or not study shows that listening to a music while reading on something decrease a readers focus. Yeah you might be able to do both but It will be quite difficult to fully understand what you are reading. Base on my experience I tried to compare my performance while i'm doing both task vs just focus on reading a book in a quiet surroundings. I noticed that I was able to finish reading the book that I am reading with high quality of understanding the context of the book.
Posted by gavinci13 on 03-17-2018
Denis_P
I actually like to do a combination of both, and I mean that in several ways. The majority of music out there--especially music with lyrics in it--can be pretty distracting while trying to read, but I find that some soft ambient music really helps to set the atmosphere when reading. Playing soft music on low volume can really be conducive to a nice reading experience. In another sense, I sometimes like to listen to audio books. There are times when I simply have a headache, or my eyes are feeling strained from a long day of writing, and listening to audio books and some soft music really does the trick during those times.
Posted by Denis_P on 03-17-2018
ion
Well it's all depends on my mood, but most of the time, listening to musics, so far, I don't have new books, so, my pastime right now is listening to music. And actually I used to listen to music almost 60% of my time. when I wake up in the morning my first thing to do is to open my computer and play my playlist, and then while travelling going to work. I need music to ignore some people around me.
Posted by ion on 03-17-2018
JB Fernandez
Music can really set the mood, while reading can hone the brain. But undeniably, listening music is much more preferred by others for their METime.
Posted by JB Fernandez on 03-17-2018
Pixie
I love listening to music and this helps me to relax. However, I listen to music mostly on YouTube. So, if I am left with no internet connection then I will go for book reading. I also enjoy reading and this is something that I do before going to bed.
Posted by Pixie on 03-18-2018
NickJ
Read a book would be my choice. Although there are times when I prefer music. However I mostly save my music for walks or long plane / train rides.
Posted by NickJ on 03-18-2018
vinaya
I like to listen to music as well as read books. However, if there is a choice between reading books and listening to the music, I will choose reading books. I can gain knowledge and entertainment from books, however, music only provides me entertainment.
Posted by vinaya on 03-18-2018
JB Fernandez
Exactly! It is very unfair for listening to music to be rivaled into reading books. Those two offers a different kind of flavor to us. One for entertainments, and the other for honing our knowledge.
Posted by JB Fernandez on 03-21-2018
vinaya
You can read for entertainment as well as knowledge. However, you gain nothing except pleasure by listening to music. By the way getting pleasure is also important in life because if you have pleasure in life, your life will be easy.
Posted by vinaya on 04-01-2018
Anonymous
to be honest i like both listening to music and also reading books, sometimes while reading a good book i tend to listen to music at the same time so that i can be in the same mood as that of the scenarios in the book. there is a pros and cons in both of these. sometimes enhancing your brain and reading books in a solemn and quiet place is just as relaxing as laying down on your soft bed and listening to relaxing music. and doing both of this things is like experiencing the best of both worlds.
Posted by Anonymous on 03-19-2018
vinaya
I listen to music as well as read books. However, when it comes to reaping the benefits fro these activities, I will always choose to read books. Books can provide us entertainment as well as knowledge. We need both in life, thus listening to music as well as reading books both are important in life. having said that if you are looking for entertainment as well as knowledge, grab a book.
Posted by vinaya on 04-01-2018
nekonieden
Both of them are essential so I would not choose either of the two because both of them are the same. I admit that I am not that fond of reading and I love listening to music but I need both of them.
Posted by nekonieden on 03-19-2018
TheInsaneSakif
I'm an avid reader of books, and so I prefer reading books during my free time. Whenever I feel bored, I sit on the sofa and read one of my favourite books whilst sipping coffee. Reading helps me refresh my mind and also expands my knowledge.
Posted by TheInsaneSakif on 03-22-2018
fishbate
I'll go for music, i'm not really into books specially long ones. I'll rather get my hands dirty while listening some good music. Relaxing to me is a day working out my crafts with good music. Music gives me that extra boost and a little bit of bounce during me relaxing.
Posted by fishbate on 03-22-2018
vinaya
You need music to find pleasure. However, how will you gain knowledge if you are not reading books? Music provides no knowledge, books are for knowledge and entertainment.
Posted by vinaya on 04-01-2018
buckeye44
I have to agree with your statement about being able to multitask when listening to music. If I am reading a book I need to be totally focused. Music allows one to diversify. When I am exercising I listen to a certain genre of music which I find relaxing to workout to. Same with doing chores, paying bills, mellowing out, and taking a nap. I do not find the same versatility with reading.
Posted by buckeye44 on 03-24-2018
Vinsanity
I actually listen to music while reading books. It is as if the story that I am reading has a background music. I usually listen to love songs whenever I read novels about romance. For me it adds up to the emotion of the characters and at the same time it makes me really into the story. Academically, I as well listen to music. There is always this feeling of being inspired and motivated whenever I listen to my favorite songs.
Posted by Vinsanity on 03-25-2018
vinaya
I feel distracted listening to music while reading. In fact I cannot even listen to music when I am writing. I enjoy listening to music in my free time. I listen to music when I am bored. Music revitalizes my mind. I read books for entertainment as well as knowledge.
Posted by vinaya on 04-01-2018
kingcool52
It would actually depend on what my mood was and what book was available really. If the book was good and something that I was interested in then I would definitely probably read the book (especially if I was really bored and truly had nothing else to do). But if I was just lying around and was on the computer as well, I would probably listen to a bit of music to pass the time and to help me relax as well.
Posted by kingcool52 on 03-28-2018
vinaya
Reading has two purposes: entertainment and knowledge. Listening to music has one purpose: to entertain you. You need knowledge and entertainment. Whether I will pick a book to read or play music depends on my mood. If I am in a mood to read, I don't listen to music, and if I am in a mood to have fun, I listen to music.
Posted by vinaya on 04-01-2018
vivalavanda
It depends on my mood if I want to read or just lay down and listen to music. Most of the time I love listening to music because that is my stress reliever, I just get to lie down and feel the music around me. However, if I am really bored at that time, I want to grab a piece of a book and be addicted to it and finish it for three days.
Posted by vivalavanda on 03-29-2018
junrose123
I think I would prefer listening to a music because I feel more comfortable and convenient about it. Listening to a music makes me feel relax and motivated to do things on my own. I sometimes feel emotional every time I would hear some of my favorite music which is really very memorable for me. I feel a lot better in listening to music rather than reading a book just to be entertained for the whole day especially if there is no internet connection in my place. Listening to a music is really one of my hobby during my idle time because of the benefits that it gives for my self.
Posted by junrose123 on 04-01-2018
Steve5
I like both. Listening to music is an easy to remove stress. It's always fun to jive to your favorite tunes. I'd read books whenever I have free time. You have to be in the zone for that. Focus is at its best when you feel like reading.
Posted by Steve5 on 04-01-2018
junrose123
Maybe i would probably read some books during my idle time because sometimes I want to learn new ideas that playing music cannot give us. Reading some book might be also a fun way to enjoy for the day since you can really learned from it especially if you are into gathering knowledge for a certain purpose.
Posted by junrose123 on 04-02-2018
mitan143
I enjoy doing both reading a book and listening to music. Sometimes, I do it at the same time. Reading a book is already a habit of me since when I was young, in fact my first book to read is entitled 'That Starry Night', and I like listening to music when I get bored in what I am doing. As what they say that 'Music is life', I agree on it because I believe most people do enjoy music. It just depends what type of music they are on to but we know music gives life to our boring life sometimes, right? But which of the two I do most is listening to music because I am fond of singing different anime theme songs too.
Posted by mitan143 on 04-08-2018
junrose123
I really like listening to some music whenever I am busy doing something either in my work or at home. I feel relax and feel motivated to do things on my own. I can't really imagine life without music it might be so boring and lonely. Music for me is life and everything because it give s me the energy and courage to aim for more.
Posted by junrose123 on 04-08-2018
EfficientNinja
I go for both because there are times when I want to read a book and there are times when I just want to listen to music. If I just finished a good book, I don't want to start another one immediately. I just do other things like listen to music or play video games during my free time while thinking about the conclusion of the last book that I read.
Posted by EfficientNinja on 04-12-2018
junrose123
I only read books whenever I did not have the chance to do it for some time ago, but surely most of the time I prefer to listen to some music because music for me is everything. It gives me the strength and courage to face all the problems in life. I really feel more convenient to listen to some music than reading a book just to entertainment myself.
Posted by junrose123 on 04-12-2018
chatbox
I prefer reading, not necessarily a book, but usually web content of various topics. I'm just too hyperactive to ever enjoy a book. When I was younger, I do remember losing sleep just to finish an interesting book. I'd spend my allowance as a student to buy them. Back then, there weren't too many sources of second hand books. Thanks to technology, I now have many options for reading and most of them are actually free. The kids of this generation are lucky to have them at their disposal. I have nothing against music and I used to enjoy them at some points in my life, particularly during the cheesy stages. These days, however, I am more focused on learning and absorbing work-related stuff.
Posted by chatbox on 04-13-2018
hermessantos
Reading is an activity that stimulates reflection on our principles, values, thoughts and attitudes. And this does not happen only when you read self-help books. Fictional stories, classical literature, biographies and even books related to professional subjects provoke some kind of reflection during reading. After reading a book, you are never the same person you were before reading it. Even if you do not realize the change, something you have read has been kept in your thoughts and contributed to your growth.
Posted by hermessantos on 04-15-2018
medelynsumile
I loved listening to music. It makes me relax and calm. Whenever I'm stress out I listen to music. It help me a lot in my daily activities. It motivates me to work.
Posted by medelynsumile on 04-15-2018
mildredtabitha
I have always been listening to music during my metime. I enjoy listening to music and it helps me feel relaxed. Sometimes I can stand and dance or just sit and relax.

I now want to start doing something different which means reading during metime. This is because I want to improve my writing skills and start writing books. I also want to start reviewing books.
Posted by mildredtabitha on 04-15-2018
junrose123
Whenever I am doing some activities just like for example claiming bitcoins to some faucets out there to increase my bitcoin earnings, I mainly listen to a music so that I will not feel bored for the repeated task that I am doing every minute of the day. I feel more motivated to do some bitcoin faucets whenever I heard a music because it helps me to become more energetic and to become more extra diligent in doing that way since many people are being bored for doing some claiming to bitcoin faucets because of the repeated task that you will be doing on and on.
Posted by junrose123 on 04-16-2018
junrose123
I definitely prefer to listen to music especially if I am in my hometown together with my family. Listening to music is one of our bonding moments in the house. It feels great to hear sweet sound music at home because it makes me stay alive and motivated for the whole day. Listening to a music really gives us a lot of benefits not just emotional but was well as physically because it makes our heart healthy.
Posted by junrose123 on 04-17-2018
albino
I like to read books because there is helpful information and learning on reading books while music only gives relaxation. Reading books also can improve your reading skills and you can learn some new words there and become familiar with proper use of punctuation and proper grammar. And most important you gain additional knowledge on reading books.
Posted by albino on 04-24-2018