A good article appeared earlier this week on the Art of Manliness blog concerning men’s reading habits. Apparently men make up just 20% of fiction readers in America. This figure isn’t too surprising to anyone who is familiar with the demographics of English majors in universities (overwhelmingly female).
The article lists a number of reasons why men should consider adding fiction to their regular reading:
- It improves cognitive functions that help you function well in social situations.
- It strengthens your theory of mind.
- It makes you more empathetic.
- It increases your creativity.
Since I resumed my reading of fiction several years ago, I’ve experienced the effects listed above, so I’m inclined to believe this.
Of course, if you’ve been keeping up with this blog’s Great Books Project, you’ve been getting a steady diet of fiction for more than a year now. You have been, haven’t you??