Testing reading ability and IQ in twins from the age of 7 to 16, researchers find that strong reading skills as a child correlates to higher 'general intelligence' in later life.
The dystopian element of banning books in the novel “Fahrenheit 451” is connected with the article “Childhood reading skills linked to 'higher intelligence' in young adults”. Mildred lives in a society that burns literature so that the citizens can not read it, this leads to the obsession of technology. Mildred’s husband describes their relationship as a “winter island separated by an empty sea”(39). He describes their relationship in this way due to her obsession of technology which causes her to become mindless and conform to society. This unoriginal mindset causes a lack of opportunity to improve her “health, education, socioeconomic status and creativity” that she could have achieved otherwise with the access to books. The author in the article writes how reading has an effect on “general cognitive abilities”, this directly relates to the lack of intelligence that Mildred has, her speaking ability is described in the book as a “Two year old child building word patterns”(39). If a society chooses not to read or is not allowed to read books it will lack creativeness, individualism, and intelligence, and the society will not be able to reach its full potential as a whole.