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Though many teenagers enjoy reading for entertainment, a much greater number of students only read when they’re required to. However, many of them don’t know what they’re missing out on. Studies have proven that regular casual reading can boost not only mental stimulation and knowledge, but can reduce stress and encourage relaxation. The best part of all? With librairies, it’s completely free. To any teenager who thinks reading books is pointless or stupid, why wouldn’t you want to be one of the 22 to 33 percent of teens in America who read almost everyday?

You may think it’s ridiculous that reading for pleasure could have an effect on test scores or grades in school, but books help with more than just boredom. Books expose kids to 50 percent more words than prime time television. Those who read regularly have shown vocabulary expansion, memory improvement, strong analytical thinking skills, improved focus and concentration, and better writing skills. Frequent brain exercise has been shown to lower mental decline by 32 percent. Though not a worry for most teenagers, reading may also fight alzheimer’s disease. Sometimes finding time to read or visit a library is difficult, but for increased intelligence, boosted brain power, and protection from a major disease, it’s worth it.

As well, as increasing intellectual prowess, integrating time to ready every day, or even just a few times a week, can bring some serious tranquility. Frequent reading can be a big part of slashing stress level and encouraging positive thinking. Reading may reduce stress by as much as 68 percent. Books don’t just help people who have a lot on their plate. It also helps those with sleeping troubles. Making a habit of reading before bed can teach your body to get sleepy at a certain time. 13-19 percent of teenagers say they almost never read. I wonder how well they sleep?

Above all, the reason you should read is to enjoy yourself. Reading can be fun, if you find a book you enjoy. With so many genres and authors, it would be nearly impossible to not find one. Not to mention, unlike most forms of entertainment, it’s free. Libraries are a great resource, for more than than just books. Reading is contagious as well. Often when someone’s family or friends read around them, they also develop the habit, thus, you reading can benefit others as well. After receiving all of this word, I hope the disappointingly low number of teen readers will increase a bit. After all, is it really a hardship to pick up a book? Who doesn’t want to be smarter or more relaxed? I can’t think of a better way to do that for free and still have fun.

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