Reading could make people kinder and more empathetic.
Readers were more likely to act in a socially acceptable manner while those who preferred watching television came across as less friendly and less understanding of others’ views, British researchers said. . .
Researchers told the British Psychological Society conference in Brighton that fiction fans showed more positive social behaviour.
Readers of drama and romance novels were also empathic, while lovers of experimental books showed the ability to see things from different perspectives.
Comedy fans scored the highest for relating to others.
The study suggested reading allows people to see different points of view, enabling them to understand others better. . .
But there’s a but:
However, the authors warned the study did not prove cause-and-effect.
So it could be that reading causes positive behaviour, or it could be that thoughtful, well-mannered people are more likely to prefer reading.
Is it that better people read books or readers are better people?
Either way, book readers are better people.