Do you always have books wherever you go? Do you spend most of your time reading books than going out with your friends? Would you rather continue reading your book than sleep? If all your answers to these questions are a big YES, then you definitely have ORD or Obsessive Reading Disorder! Haven’t heard about it? It’s not actually a recently discovered mental condition, ORD is just a new way of describing a person’s addiction to books. Do you think you have ORD? Here are some signs that would tell you if you certainly have Obsessive Reading Disorder:
You have fallen in love with many fictional characters
For women who love reading books which feature a great love story, it is really true that they have fallen in love many times with fictional characters. Christian Grey? Edward Cullen? Peeta Mellark? Let’s admit it, we definitely can’t resist the charm of these fictional characters; we even wish that they were for real, right? Even men with ORD are no exception to these; some do develop a fascination with the girl-protagonist of the book they’re reading. But women are definitely more vocal in saying they’ve fallen in love with a fictional character from a book.
Your world stops until you finish reading a book
Books are definitely addictive, and the moment you start reading them, you simply just can’t stop. When you are so engrossed in reading, it seems like the entire world has stopped! You can’t even put the book down and would rather continue reading it than eat or sleep. That’s how addictive books are. You create a new world and escape reality when reading books and you hate it when people disturb you. Everything goes back to normal only after you are done reading the book.
You keep on forgetting that you live in the real world
You are so concentrated in reading the book that you almost forget about the real world. If the character of the book said something funny, you burst into laughter and get stares from astonished people. Reading tearjerkers can also cause quite a scenario. You read a book, and then tears start streaming from your face even when you are in public. Only those with ORD can understand.
You get way too emotionally involved with the characters
They may be fictional characters but they can still play with our emotions. Every time a character we loved died, we feel a part of us goes with that character. And it is not easy to get over with. The story might be fictional but the sadness we go feel when something bad happens to our favorite character is real. The only consolation we have is that we can bring to life our favorite characters by re-reading the book.
All these signs are experienced by persons with ORD. Can you relate to these signs? Then, it’s definitely confirmed that you have been reading a lot of books lately.