Very interesting study based on interviews with 17,135 people age 18 and older about their activities in a 12-month period finds that readers of literature are considerably more likely than non-readers to engage in selfless volunteer work in their communities. Same goes for people who engage in arts-related activities.
Volunteer work by adults aged 18 to 34 is waaay down, perhaps because that age group also has the lowest reading rate. 'Course, they're all working all the time, just to stay even in this Republican economy, so who has time to read, go to concerts, attend museums, etc.?