5 signs the person opposite you is reading erotica

E-readers are pretty controversial, and I’ve had my share of heated discussions. Have they improved the pool of available reading material or just watered down the good stuff? Have they led to an increase in literacy or a decline in literature?

Personally I love them. The anonymity of an e-reader means that people who would have been too shy to read graphic sex scenes in the past can do so with impunity. Proportionally speaking, more people are reading erotica e-books than any other genre (*boring statistics*). But is it really anonymous, or is it possible to tell when someone’s reading about sex?

Well, probably it’s impossible to tell, but hey I still try to work it out. Maybe you’d like to play along? If so, here are 5 rather tongue in cheek signs that I like to watch out for:

  1. Uncomfortable leg shift
    You know the one. The girl or boy opposite you on the train, seemingly engrossed in his or her e-book, crosses, uncrosses or shifts their legs. It’s no surprise that reading about sex can get you aroused, so it should be no surprise that an uncomfortable leg shift quickly follows.
  2. Trying to hide a smile
    If a smile creeps across your face and you try to hide it, I know what’s going on in your mind. Nobody tries to avoid laughing at comedy. Nobody tries to avoid smiling at a character’s antics. You’re busted, buster, that’s sex on your screen.
  3. Sharp intake of breath
    Either you’ve just read a report from your accountant, or it’s just got a little too steamy. Two characters are getting it on, and you just realised you’re on a train full of people.
  4. Sudden window stare
    If it all gets a little too much, the sudden window stare is a way out. A little too aroused by the sex scenes? Turn away, hope nobody noticed and think unsexy thoughts.
  5. Face/neck/shoulder rub
    When we get aroused, our blood starts pumping more rapidly, making thinner areas of skin around the face, neck and shoulders itch. If you’re rubbing those areas then you’ve been caught out.

Do you have any other tips for spotting the secret sex-e-readers? Maybe you have some tips for keeping your reading material on the downlow? Let us know in the comments!

15 thoughts on “5 signs the person opposite you is reading erotica

  1. This is a true story. A friend of mine, when taking the train into work, would place her handbag between her legs with a curved, solid object at the end near her. She would read erotic stories and have small, quiet orgasms right on the train. Almost every day

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