Reading books is not only good for the mind, but may also increase longevity, according to a new study.
Researchers wanted to know if there was a “survival advantage” for those who read books, compared to those who do not, or those who read other types of materials.
The study involved 3,635 participants over 50 involved in a larger study that included questions about reading habits, and after adjusting for other factors such as age, sex, education and other variables, it was found that reading books had a measurable effect on mortality.
The researchers divided the participants into three groups: those who read books more than 3.5 hours per week, those who read books less than 3.5 hours per week, and those who read no books at all.
The results were significant.