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Reading books was much more popular in previous centuries than it is now. That is perfectly understandable due to the huge advancement in technology witnessed in the last century and the fact that it multiplied our entertainment channels. We now have TV, video games, movies, the internet, etc.. Point is, we are not short on ways to entertain ourselves so books can sometimes be pushed to a lower position in our list of favorite hobbies. But a new study comes with good news to those who have chosen to stick to the time eternal pastime.

  • The study was published by a postgraduate student at the Kingston University of London named Rose Turner, who tried to look at the different effects of both reading and watching television on social behavior.
  • In the course of the study, the student asked more than 100 adults of various ages about their book preferences, their choice of television and theatre in an anonymous online survey. The participants were also tested on their social skills such as their consideration of others’ feelings and their desire to help others.
  • Turner turned up some very interesting results. People who read more books tend to be more helpful and empathetic and considerate of other’s emotions. Those who preferred watching television were generally less friendly and compassionate of other people’s views and feelings.
  • According to the author, this study goes to show that your type of entertainment can affect your emotional skills and social behaviors. As a possible explanation, she announces that reading gives people the chance to dive deeper into the character and understand them, which something written fiction is better at than television. Television already gives you all the necessary information leaving you no need to fill in the gaps and therefore to try understanding the character’s feelings by yourself. If the TV character or your social counterpart doesn’t show you what they need directly, you’re less likely to try to understand it by yourself.
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