5 astonishing facts about reading
We do it every day – we read books, articles, messages and posts on social media. Reading can be different, but it's certainly one of the most astonishing things humans can do. Here are 5 little-known facts about reading.
#1 Most people read 4 books per year
An average person reads about 12 books a year, but this number is inflated by the most passionate readers who read several books a month. According to numerous polls, the most popular answer to the question How many books do you read per year? is four. Others either read a lot or don't like books at all.
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#2 We physically react to descriptions and metaphors in books
Reading a detailed scene about some action or sensation activates the areas of the brain responsible for them. For example, when you read the simile cold as the marble stone, it evokes almost identical brain activity as if you were physically touching something cold.
#3 Six minutes of reading can reduce stress by up to 68%
Besides helping you escape from everyday fuss, reading is proved to ease muscle tension and reduce heart rate.
#4 You memorize more when you read from paper
According to a 2014 study, people who read a book on an e-reader didn't memorize the order of events as well as those who read the same book in paperback.
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#5 The Internet is changing the way we read
Why is reading important?
Most people read texts from screens in an "F" pattern. This means we read the entire top line but only quickly scan through the rest of the text. While such a way to read may be convenient while consuming online content, it actually affects our ability to read long sentences without distractions. Without practice, this skill is easily lost.
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