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People who read books are kinder, study finds

研究發現,讀書的人更親切

· 每日跟讀單元 Daily English

Want to become a better person? Then you might want to consider picking up a book because according to a new study, reading regularly could make you kinder and more empathetic.

想要變成更好的人嗎?你可能要考慮拾起書本,因為根據一項新研究,定期閱讀可使你更親切和更具同理心。

Researchers from Kingston University looked at the effects of reading or watching television on different traits. Participants were questioned on their preference for books, TV and plays. They were then tested on their interpersonal skills, such as how much they considered people’s feelings and whether they acted to help others.

倫敦金士頓大學研究人員探討閱讀或看電視對不同特徵的影響。受試者被問及他們對於書籍、電視和戲劇的偏好。他們隨後接受人際技巧測試,例如能在多大程度上考慮別人的心情,以及是否採取行動幫助他人。

The study found that readers were more likely to act in a socially acceptable manner. Instead, TV lovers were less friendly and less understanding of others’ views. The team suggests that reading books allows people to see things from other people’s points of views, making them better at understanding others.

研究發現,閱讀者更有可能採取社會可以接受的行為。反之,電視愛好者較不友善,且較不理解他人觀點。研究團隊指出,閱讀讓人們能從他人觀點看待事物,使他們更能了解別人。

The study revealed that fiction fans showed more positive social behavior while readers of drama and romance novels were found to be the most empathetic. Similarly, lovers of more experimental books showed the ability to see things from different perspectives.

研究顯示,虛構小說迷展現更多的正面社會行為,而戲劇和浪漫小說讀者被發現最富同理心。同樣地,偏好科學實驗書籍的人,則展現從不同角度看待事物的能力。

Source article: http://iservice.ltn.com.tw/Service/english/english.php?engno=1100752&day=2017-05-09

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