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A chapter a day: Association of book reading with longevity

Overview of attention for article published in Social Science & Medicine, September 2016
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Mentioned by

news
151 news outlets
book_reviews
2 book reviewers
blogs
19 blogs
twitter
1616 tweeters
facebook
70 Facebook pages
wikipedia
1 Wikipedia page
googleplus
16 Google+ users
reddit
3 Redditors
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1 video uploader

Citations

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127 Mendeley
Title
A chapter a day: Association of book reading with longevity
Published in
Social Science & Medicine, September 2016
DOI 10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.07.014
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Authors

Avni Bavishi, Martin D. Slade, Becca R. Levy

Abstract

Although books can expose people to new people and places, whether books also have health benefits beyond other types of reading materials is not known. This study examined whether those who read books have a survival advantage over those who do not read books and over those who read other types of materials, and if so, whether cognition mediates this book reading effect. The cohort consisted of 3635 participants in the nationally representative Health and Retirement Study who provided information about their reading patterns at baseline. Cox proportional hazards models were based on survival information up to 12 years after baseline. A dose-response survival advantage was found for book reading by tertile (HRT2 = 0.83, p < 0.001, HRT3 = 0.77, p < 0.001), after adjusting for relevant covariates including age, sex, race, education, comorbidities, self-rated health, wealth, marital status, and depression. Book reading contributed to a survival advantage that was significantly greater than that observed for reading newspapers or magazines (tT2 = 90.6, p < 0.001; tT3 = 67.9, p < 0.001). Compared to non-book readers, book readers had a 23-month survival advantage at the point of 80% survival in the unadjusted model. A survival advantage persisted after adjustment for all covariates (HR = .80, p < .01), indicating book readers experienced a 20% reduction in risk of mortality over the 12 years of follow up compared to non-book readers. Cognition mediated the book reading-survival advantage (p = 0.04). These findings suggest that the benefits of reading books include a longer life in which to read them.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 2 2%
United Kingdom 2 2%
Spain 2 2%
Belgium 1 <1%
Switzerland 1 <1%
Poland 1 <1%
Unknown 118 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 25 20%
Researcher 18 14%
Student > Master 17 13%
Student > Bachelor 15 12%
Librarian 8 6%
Other 24 19%
Unknown 20 16%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 22 17%
Social Sciences 18 14%
Medicine and Dentistry 12 9%
Computer Science 7 6%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 6 5%
Other 35 28%
Unknown 27 21%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 2673. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 16 February 2021.
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#1,179
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#2
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#15
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Outputs of similar age from Social Science & Medicine
#2
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