Now a good news for bookworms. A new study has found that reading habit increases the reader’s life cycle and helps you live longer. Researchers at Yale University in the US discovered that people who regularly read books are likely to live longer as compared to those who do not read at all. Researchers used 3,635 people data, all over 50 years of age as a part of the larger study.
Subjects divided in three groups
Researchers divided participants in three groups i.e. those who read no books, who read three and a half hours a week and the third group, who read more than three and a half hours a week. The study found that most of the book readers were college educated in higher income groups and women.
Readers are 23% less likely to die early
Researchers also collected data related to their race, self reported health parameters, age, depression symptoms, marital status and employment. The research found that the people in the second group i.e. those who read up to three and a half hours a week are 17 per cent less likely to die over 12 years of follow-up study as compared to those who do not read books at all. The third group subjects were 23 per cent less likely to die as compared to the first group.
Book readers lived two years more
On an average book readers lived almost two years longer as compared to the first group. Similar association was found among those, who read newspapers and periodicals although it was weaker. “People who report as little as a half-hour a day of book reading had a significant survival advantage over those who did not read,” said Becca R Levy, a professor at Yale, who is the senior study author.
The survival advantage remained
“The survival advantage remained after adjusting for wealth, education, cognitive ability and many other variables,” said Levy. The findings of the study were published in the journal Social Science and Medicine.