Scientists have found that bibliophiles may have greater longevity thanks to their love of reading books.
One has often heard the quote: “So many books, so little time”. Yet it is not so if you look a little deeper into the matter. According to a study, reading books is a habit that could extend lifespan by up to 2 years. Furthermore, the more you read avidly, omnivorously and voraciously, the better it was for your chances of living to a ripe old age.
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Although Kindle and other e-readers sales have gone through the roof, books in the form of paperbacks and hardbound editions are still the all-time favorite option of old school intellectuals and poets not to mention philosophers.
The books are selling like hotcakes even in the Age of the Internet and the availability of a vast cornucopia of audiovisual media entertainment.
Reading books is not just an exciting and stimulating journey through the mindscape. It has health benefits galore. Reading encourages empathy which makes us better, kinder and more soulful human beings. Also these selfsame books may allow us to extend our days, months and even years on this planet.
American adults 50 years and older were studied by the researchers. They consisted of 3635 men and women. The participants in the study reported regarding their bookworm habits.
They were overseen for a period of a dozen years. How they managed to survive during this time span was also noted down. Compared to those who didn’t read a single word all week, there were those who read 3 and a half hours each week.
They were 17% less likely to die during the 12 year study, according to HuffingtonPost. As for those who read more than 3 and a half hours each week, they were 23% less likely to die during the 12 month survey.
On the whole, it was a 2 year long age margin. The book lovers got the advantage. Bibliophilia was common among females, college-educated individuals and those with fat salaries.
Those who read magazines and newspapers also had the longevity edge. Yet it was far less than the book lovers. There is something about books that makes them the ideal companions of lonely people who do not find much worthy of attention in a world gone wrong.
Books are best friends and they contain the wisdom of the human race. The main benefit of reading books is cognitive. It boosts brain cells into making connections and thus aids neuroplasticity.
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Thus book lovers not only get to read their favorite books but get a longer life span on the planet to read even more of them to their heart’s content.