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August 11, 2016
Last week we suggested better reading in order to write better.
It turns out that good reading does more than help with your writing. It will also help you live longer! A study from Yale's School of Public Health, as reported in Tech Times, discovered:
In the end, experts found that book readers who spend time up to 3.5 hours a week engrossed in a book were 17 percent less likely to die over the 12-year follow-up period, while those who read more than the three hour-mark were 23 percent less likely to die.
And although the report did not distinguish the difference between reading physical book copies and using digital copies on Kindle, it did find that those who read books in general lived an average of two years longer than those who don't.
So, Kindle seems to be okay (assuming you are reading a BOOK!) But is it just as effective to "read" computer/phone/device screens, browsing the internet, texting? Probably not:
Furthermore, experts found a similar association to longevity among people who read periodicals and newspapers, but the rate was weaker.
So far, no one has done a study correlating reading LONG books (War & Peace, anyone?) with extra longevity!
Anyway, so take up a book and read! Consider reading some of the books reviewed in Salvo:
The Moral Facts of Life
What We Can't Not Know: A Guide
by J. Budziszewski
How the West Won: The Neglected Story of the Triumph of Modernity
by Rodney Stark
A Loving Proposal
Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach to God's Design for Marriage
by Sean McDowell & John Stonestreet
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