Reading A Day Will Keep The Grim Reaper Away-At Least a Little Longer
By Maeson Nolan
According to The Washington Post, Yale University published a study about how reading has affected a person’s life span. They concluded that “book readers experienced a 20 percent reduction in risk of mortality over the 12 years of follow-up compared to non-book readers” (Nutt). While this study was sponsored by the National Institute of Aging, scientists decided to look at 3,635 people and divide them into three groups: those who didn’t read, those who read at least 3.5 hours a week, and those who read more than 3.5 hours a week. They found that people who read books survived for two years longer than people who didn’t read.
They concluded those “who read more than 3.5 hours weekly were 23 percent less likely to die during that 12-year period” (Nutt). They also concluded that “books appear to promote a significant survival advantage” (Nutt). Why or how this happens still remains unclear. Although the findings are not surprising due to the fact that reading novels appear to boost brain connectivity and empathy.
When my class had a discussion about this information, they talked about how this study could be inaccurate.
One student, named Tori, discussed how there are too many variables to say if this study is true or not because we do not know what they are doing when they are not reading. Could they be participating in bad activities? We just do not know.
Another student taking statistics, named Sam, discusses that based off of how unclear the people got picked for this study could make this article and study very inaccurate.
Another student, named Skylar, talks about how many people took part in this study. She talks about how the amount of people chosen for this study is very small when compared to the amount of people that live in this whole world as a whole.
I think this “reading reason” will not only benefit my own life but others too. Personally I want to live longer to experience more of my life. Throughout my life I want to have a job, a family and travel the world. But I feel like in order to do that, I need to have a long life to focus on one thing at a time.