Reap the Benefits of Social Reading
Sep 5 2023
Reading together with friends, family, and co-workers is a great way to enjoy the full mental and physical benefits of reading. We call this “social reading.” The Fable app is built for social reading, with features for sharing highlights, comments, insights, links, pictures, and videos as you read together.With our new Fable For You feed, you'll meet countless other readers and enjoy the many health and wellness benefits of social reading. And your personal feed is only as good as the people you follow!
Six people you should meet on FableI'd like to introduce you to some great people to follow on Fable, deepening your connections with the community and helping you make new friends along the way.Diandra🌻: “Just a girl looking up and waiting for the stars to tell her what it means 🌙 Ambrosia_Books”The Library Prince: A prince who loves to read, mostly spooky and romance books in The Dark Library ClubTori Ross: A dedicated reader who started the excellent Catastrophically Classical book club. Andrea Clinton: A reader who found a place to vent, scream and rave about books, moderating the Clever Name TBD book club!Millie: In case you aren't aware, she loves books and moderates Milli’s Mini Library book clubKhilosia: A reader who is a bit dreamy and moderates the Read and Get Obsessed book club.
Why is social reading important?Following other readers on your Fable For You feed will help you reap the many benefits of social reading. Professor Josie Billington has spent her whole career studying the connection between reading and mental health. Professor Billington helped pioneer “shared reading,” a social reading technique where groups gather to read a story together. This kind of social reading has been proven to “significantly lower” both depressive and anxious symptoms in readers. “It's a wonderful, inclusive model,” Professor Billington said, speaking at Fable’s Mental Health Awareness event. “People can come together and experience a book in real time.” For centuries, we have been sharing stories around the campfire. It’s one of the simplest forms of entertainment ever invented. Even before smartphones and social media, the benefits of reading together were clear to researchers. Organizations like The Reader, a U.K.-based charity that runs hundreds of reading groups around Europe, have championed social reading as a therapeutic practice. Here are a few benefits of social reading uncovered by recent research:
Five ways social reading can change your life
- Enhance your language skills
- Supercharge your critical thinking abilities
- Boost your values of tolerance, inclusion, and respect
- Magnify your intelligence and empathy
- Increase your feelings of fun and engagement