The Impact of COVID-19 Confinement on Reading Behavior

Mahmoud A. Alomari1, Omar F. Khabour2, Karem H. Alzoubi3, 4, *, Aseel Aburub5
1 Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan
2 Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan
3 Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacotherapeutics, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE
4 Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan
5 Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, Applied Science Private University, Amman, Jordan

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The COVID-19 pandemic was detrimental to lifestyle and behavior. In this investigation, changes in reading habits during the pandemic were examined.


The study is cross-sectional and survey-based. 1844 individuals completed an online survey about sociodemographic and reading habits during COVID-19. Multinomial logistic regression was used to examine the relationship between the study variables.


Most of the participants were active readers (71.5%-83.2%). Fewer (13.8-18.0%) reported a decrease in reading, while about half reported a no change, and 1/3rd reported an increase. Changes in reading habits were related to age, education, job type, and income.


About half of the participants during the pandemic reported a change in reading habits. Interventions to further enhance reading among people during the pandemic might help ameliorate the negative impacts of the pandemic.

Keywords: Reading behavior, COVID-19, Confinement, Pandemic, Lifestyle, Reading habits.