Do you read books while you…
I do draw the line at bathing. My mother was a big bath reader and having seen the sad state of more than one book that decided to join her in the drink, I would not do that. Happily, as I remember they were always mass market paperbacks, which back then were pretty cheap...but still, it was a sad sight.
Besides, I take showers, and I can't quite see how to do that. Perhaps there is an invention lurging in there.
But the others, yes, I am guilty.
Eat? Sure! You just have to be careful not to sully the book with food stains. That is just wrong. One of those cookbook holder comes in handy. And the TV will be on at the same time, thank you very much.
'Real' books, e-books on my book, books on my computer, I have done them all with the TV or music on. In fact, I doubt I ever read without the TV on or music playing. I need some sort of background noise.
Now it depends, on what I am reading and what I am watching or listening to as to what that background might be. A really good book, something that is really holding my attention, would be some nice instrumental music in the background, maybe something classical. On the other hand, a book I am not loving, just slogging through, I might be 'watching' tv with half an eye. But even then it would be something like HGTV or 'Flying Alaska' (love that show), not something you really have to watch watch.
Movies...no, I think I draw the line at watching a movie and reading a book at the same time. Ok, a magazine maybe...LOL
I don't do anything on the computer and read, because being on the computer is already reading, isn't it, and even I have my limits. Now, of course, when I am on the computer the TV is on..I assume you are getting the idea. I always have noise...music or TV ..on whatever I am doing.
I do not find it a distraction..just the opposite. I find quiet a distraction! I did my homework with the TV on, I have a TV on at work, I have a TV on when I do housework, I listen to music on my iPod when I do yard work and of course the radio is always on in the car. It the soundtrack of my life!