New research suggests that reading books could prolong your life. The study involved looking at 3,635 people’s reading habits.
Experts split the sample in three groups: those who did not read at all, those who read up to three and a half hours per week and those who read for more than three and a half hours weekly.
The study got published in Social Science and Medicine and it revealed that book readers are more likely to be females with a college education and in higher income groups.
Researchers correlated this information with other factors, like age group, race, health, employment and marital status.
Compared to those who did not read at all, those who were in the middle group were seventeen percent less likely to die over a course of twelve years, and those who read more than three and a half hours weekly were the least likely to die, by twenty-three percent.
Those who read more lived two years longer than those who did not read at all. There was a similar connection between newspaper readers or periodical readers but it was not as strong as the above-mentioned link.
Even people who read as little as a half hour per day have a better chance of survival than those who don’t read at all – according to senior author, Becca R Levy, professor of epidemiology at Yale.
Others have argued that reading remains a sedentary activity, so maybe it’s not fair to expect increased life spans for reading.
But the authors of the study remain convinced that reading, perhaps through enhancing knowledge, leads to longer lifespans.
Another Mayo Clinic Study on Aging found in 2008 that reading books could protect older people from dementia, by as much as 50 percent.
Over the last few years, we are seeing an increase in the e-book market. Nearly half of all Americans were reading e-books in 2014.
The trend seems to be less in favor of paperback books. A lot of people choose e-books because they are less expensive, they can read them off their tablet and they are more portable than traditional print books.
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