A new study published recently in the journal Social Science and Medicine concluded that reading more books can lead to immortality! *opens a book to start reading*
Okay. Maybe I’m exaggerating. BUT over a 12 year study of people over 50-years-old those who read more than 3 1/2 hours each week were less likely to die during the span. The study concluded that reading books could potentially add two years to your lifespan. And that’s only in people who were over 50 to begin with, imagine how many years are added if you start young! Oh boy.
So much for that so many books, so little time nonsense. Keep reading and you’ll have more time!
How many years do you think will be added to your lifetime?
Yep. You read that right. Pew Research Center just recently released a report that says as much. Want to know what I think about it? Here’s my entire response….HA!
If you play around on WordPress or just the internet in general you’re likely to come across dozens of articles (blog posts) that start with something like “People just aren’t reading anymore.” or “Do people even read books anymore?” or “Books are dead.” I know you know what I’m talking about. But these are all just opinions of individuals who have no idea what they’re talking about. They think that because they don’t read and probably their friends and family don’t read that that means every other person in America also doesn’t read. Like…huh?
I’ve read way too many articles about books and publishing and all that stuff to know better. But what does this mean? What does it mean that millennials are reading more than older Americans? For one, if your mom or dad reads more than you then you have a problem. Second, ALL of you people writing about how no one reads anymore and blah blah blah can shut up. That’s what. And if you’re one of those people who has been thinking that, then you should probably go find yourself a book.
Let’s all give a nice ovation to the millennials out there who made this report possible by reading their Potter collections every year. *stands and waits for others to join in*
*sits back down awkwardly*
I’d like to know what you think of this finding. What do you think of millennials reading more than older Americans?
And oh by the way, this report is strictly talking books. I know some of you had it in your head that they must have counted reading on social media or some other absurdity. So again, HA!
You can read about the report here.