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Analysis of Skim Reading on Desktop versus Mobile Screen

College of Computer Science and Information Systems, Najran University, Najran 61441, Saudi Arabia
Department of Computer Science, University of Bath, The Quads, Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7PJ, UK
Department of Software Engineering, Mehran University of Engineering & Technology, Jamshoro 76062, Pakistan
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Academic Editor: Fabrizio Granelli
Appl. Sci. 2021, 11(16), 7398;
Received: 11 June 2021 / Revised: 8 August 2021 / Accepted: 9 August 2021 / Published: 11 August 2021
Web readers usually skim through the text to keep up with the amount of available content. The effectiveness of skim reading is ensured by keeping the focus on the meaningful part of the text rather than the less meaningful part. To assure if the skim reading shows efficient results for a particular screen resolution, this research presents variations in the memory of significant data when a text is read on a mobile screen or a desktop screen. Moreover, the study aims to understand the knowledge gained from the text at a given time. In total, sixty participants contributed to the study and it is found that, relative to reading the text on a mobile screen, skimming showed improved memory for the ideas defined in the text on a computer screen. A software prototype is developed in this research study to analyze the impact of skim reading on a desktop computer screen versus a mobile device screen. The findings of the study have been interpreted as evidence in support of a skimming process called satisficing. View Full-Text
Keywords: skim reading; satisficing; computer screen; mobile screen skim reading; satisficing; computer screen; mobile screen
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Alrizq, M.; Mehmood, S.; Mahoto, N.A.; Alqahtani, A.; Hamdi, M.; Alghamdi, A.; Shaikh, A. Analysis of Skim Reading on Desktop versus Mobile Screen. Appl. Sci. 2021, 11, 7398.

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Alrizq M, Mehmood S, Mahoto NA, Alqahtani A, Hamdi M, Alghamdi A, Shaikh A. Analysis of Skim Reading on Desktop versus Mobile Screen. Applied Sciences. 2021; 11(16):7398.

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Alrizq, Mesfer, Sara Mehmood, Naeem Ahmed Mahoto, Ali Alqahtani, Mohammed Hamdi, Abdullah Alghamdi, and Asadullah Shaikh. 2021. "Analysis of Skim Reading on Desktop versus Mobile Screen" Applied Sciences 11, no. 16: 7398.

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