Older Daughter had her two lower wisdom teeth pulled yesterday. She's doing fine during her recovery (and I certainly won't be posting any photos!) but I wanted to relate something interesting that happened while I was waiting for her in the oral surgeon's waiting room.
The two women working behind the counter in the office asked me to stay in the waiting room during Older Daughter's procedure (as opposed to leaving to do doing errands). So I fetched my book and read while she was in the hot seat, having her teeth pulled.
All of a sudden one of the office women half-jokingly said to the other, "Take a picture! She's reading a book!"
I lowered my book and saw them looking at me. "Most people are on their smart phones while they're waiting," one of the women explained. "No one ever reads anymore. We've been thinking of stopping our magazine subscriptions since no one ever reads them."
I found their observation interesting. They're clearly in a position to see many people waiting for friends or relatives -- and apparently hardly anyone ever reads a book or magazine any more.