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.
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.
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.
The study revealed that fiction fans showed more positive social behavior while readers of drama and romance novels were found to be the most empathic. Similarly, lovers of more experimental books showed the ability to see things from different perspectives.
empathetic：形容詞，移情作用的，感情移入的。例句：Women are usually more empathetic than men.（女性通常比男性更容易產生移情作用。）
interpersonal：形容詞，人與人之間的，人際交往的。例句：Interpersonal skills are the skills you use to interact with people and communicate.（人際關係技巧是你與人互動和溝通時使用的技巧。）
experimental：（科學）實驗的，試驗性的。例句：There is no experimental evidence for the theory.（這套理論並無實驗佐證。）