How to live longer? Read for 30 minutes each day
LITERARY fans rejoice - a study has found that reading books increases your chances of survival.
According to a study which was published in the September issue of Social Science and Medicine journal, people who read for 30 minutes a day lived longer than those who did not read at all.
The study looked at the patterns of 3,635 people who were 50 or older, and found that, on average, book readers lived for almost two years longer than non-readers.
Overall, the study found that those who read for 3.5 hours or more a week were 23% less likely to die, while those who read for up to 3.5 hours a week were 17% less likely to die, when compared to those who didn't read at all.
Aademics Avni Bavishi, Martin Slade and Becca Levy, from the Yale University School of Public Health, wrote in their paper, A Chapter a Day: Association of Book Reading With Longevity, that during during follow-up research 33% of non-book readers had died, compared to 27% of book readers.
They wrote: "When readers were compared to non-readers at 80% mortality (the time it takes 20% of a group to die), non-book readers lived 85 months (7.08 years), whereas book readers lived 108 months (9.00 years) after baseline. Thus, reading books provided a 23-month survival advantage."
The study also found specific links between reading of books and longer life, rather than reading periodicals, such as newspapers and magazines.
The researchers said reading books provided more cognitive benefit.