Yale study: people who read live longer—耶魯研究:閱讀的人活得更久






Bookworms rejoice! A new study in the journal Social Science and Medicine discovered that people who read books live longer than people who don’t.




Researchers at Yale University asked 3,635 participants over 50 years-old about their reading habits. They split the cohort into 3 groups: non-readers, people who read less than 3.5 hours per week, and people who read more than 3.5 hours per week.




The researchers followed up with each group for 12 years. Over the course of the study, they consistently found that both groups of readers lived longer than the non-readers. The readers who read over 3.5 hours a week lived a full 23 months longer than the people who didn’t read at all.




The reason for why people who read more appear to live longer was not explained in the study. However, multiple studies show that literacy levels can affect several aspects of a person’s life, from economic wellbeing to family circumstances and mental health.




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