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Reading is important

May 27, 2015
Estherville News

With school out, it's time to get out that summer reading list.

"But there's no school," the kids complain.

Well reading is good for you or that's at least what many scientific studies say.

Just 6 minutes of reading is enough to reduce stress by 68 percent and more studies have shown that reading keeps your brain functioning effectively as you age.

Since the advent of the Kindle in 2007, the debate between paper book and e-readers has begun.

One science study has weighed in on the side of paper books stating that reading in print helps with comprehension.

Regardless of whether you're reading a paper book or screen, reading is an important skill.

Reading long sentences without links is a skill you need but can lose if you don't practice.

For those who spend their days reading on Facebook, remember you can't believe everything you read.

A graphic making the rounds states that 33 percent of high school graduates never read another book the rest of their lives; 42 percent of college grads never read another book after college; 57 percent of new books are not read to completion; 70 percent of US adults have not been in a bookstore the last five years; 80 percent of U.S. families did not buy or read a book last year; and the more a child reads, the likelier they are able to understand the emotions of others.

While some of the statements may be close to the truth, a quick search will show that a man named Robb Brewer created the infographic to illustrate reading importance. He also wanted to know if he could create an interesting graphic-and seems to have gotten the answer to that question.

He admitted his stats are questionable and recanted all connection to them.

However, he believes in the viability of reading and its ability to impact a person's life.

His point and our remain the same: reading is important.



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