Reading is good for you. I would say that, of course. I’m a novelist – I’ve written five books for teenagers – and it’s obviously in my interest to encourage people to read.
there’s increasing evidence that reading for pleasure isn’t just
another leisure pursuit, or merely a way of improving literacy skills
and factual knowledge. It might actually be good for our mental and physical health too.
In an age of Twitter and short attention
spans, reading novels – which requires intense concentration over a
long period of time – could be the antidote. Neuroscientist
Baroness Susan Greenfield says that reading helps to lengthen attention
spans in children and improves their ability to think clearly.
have a beginning, a middle and an end – a structure that encourages
our brains to think in sequence, to link cause, effect and
significance,’ she says. ‘It
is essential to learn this skill as a small child, while the brain has
more plasticity, which is why it’s so important for parents to read to
their children. The more we do it, the better we get at it.’
Source - Daily Mail