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Abstract

Aim: The aim of this study is to assess the reading habit practices of Filipino community working in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

Method: A cross-sectional survey was conducted through a self-administrated structured questionnaire from September to November 2019 at Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Fifty questionnaires have been distributed to Filipino nationals having a bachelor's degree and at least two years of stay in KSA.

Results: Out of 50 participants, 36 (72%) Filipinos have responded, comprising the age group of 28 to 59 years with mean 41.25 ± 1.46. Most of the respondents like to use mobile-phone, sleeping, using a computer, watching television and spending time with family and friends during free time, only 9 (25%) respondents prefer to read. Filipino community mostly like to read religious books, literature and history. However, more than half of the respondents like to read soft copies of books. Three-fourth of the respondents read at least one book during the last three months and the Bible was found a favorite book. Half of the respondents have hard copies of books in their personal collections. Most of the respondents were not satisfied with the reading habit of the young generation.

Conclusion: Reading habit is a significant activity and an integral part of the lifelong learning process. Whether we are living in our country or abroad, reading should be part and parcel of our life. Reading really grow our spectrum of knowledge and understanding.

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