Book reading may be in decline, but being ‘well read’ still has cultural status. A 2005 survey found that a third of people in London and southeast England had bought a book ‘solely to look intelligent’. Now another British survey finds that nearly 40% of respondents admitted to being less than entirely honest about their actual reading habits in order to impress friends and potential partners.
Men are more dishonest than women about their reading (and no doubt much else…), but after seeing the things which would impress women we can have some symapthy for men:
Top ten reads to impress a woman:
1. Nelson Mandela autobiography [Long Walk to Freedom]
3. Cookery books
5. Song lyrics
6. Current affairs websites
7. Text messages
9. Financial Times
In between telling lies, this reading list, and celibacy, I can see why some guys choose telling lies.
(Hat tip: Marginal Revolution).