New Study Finds Readers Live Longer

A new study published in Social Science and Medicine alleges that reading books may increase one’s lifespan by up to two years. 

The study was spearheaded by Becca R. Levy, a leading professor of epidemiology at the Yale University School of Public Health. 

The team’s research followed the data of 3,635 men and women who were all part of the Health and Retirement Study, which is comprised of men and women aged 50 years and older. 

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All subjects disclosed their reading habits, and were monitored for the following 12 years. The study concludes that subjects with strong reading habits lived up to two years longer than those who rarely or never read. Those with stronger reading habits tended to be high income, college educated women. 

Even after the consideration of confounding variables such as wealth, sex, education, illness, and marital status, the results remained. Apparently, those who reported to read newspapers and journals also experienced health benefits, but they were not as significant as those reaped from book reading. 

Well, all this research is well and good, but it hasn’t told hardcore bookies anything they didn’t already know. Books are the solution to nearly everything! 


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