How do Arab Friends Keep in Touch?

by Anisa Benmoktar on June 30, 2010

Ok folks: random factoid of the day:

Q: How do Arab friends keep in touch and stay up to date?

A: They turn on, log in and type.

According to an article in The Guardian, there are more Facebook users in the Arab world than newspaper readers.

Out of Print

Dubai-based market research firm Spot On Public Relations reports that there are over 15 million subscribers to the mega-popular social networking site. This compares with just under 14 million newspapers sold in the Arab world in Arabic, English and French.

Facebook is dominating the world's webusers.

The survey of 17 countries revealed the largest number of Facebook members in Egypt (3.5 million), followed by Saudi Arabia.

Net Works

The world, my friends, is changing. Facebook has become a meeting and melting point for 400 million of us around the world…

Although social networks attract every kind of people at every age and stage, many of us young (ish) users find them indispensable for staying in touch with friends and keeping up with the latest news and views.

In the Arab region there are more than 300m young people and Internet use is on the rise at a staggering rate.

Redefining Friendships?

I’m truly fascinated by experts’ suggestions that social networks will eventually replace physical friendships on terra firma. It’s something to bear in mind, for me at least, it’s all about moderation.

I’m down with the privacy argument and try to be selective with what I post and how often I log on from the office or before I’ve had breakfast!!!! Still, as someone that uses FB as a social rather than business tool, it is a wonderful way of staying in touch with friends around the world.

Like anything else in life, I think it’s a matter of choice, discipline and balance. Or then again, perhaps Entertainment Weekly put it in a nutshell by including it in its end-of-the-decade ‘best-of’ list, saying:

“How on earth did we stalk our exes, remember our co-workers’ birthdays, bug our friends, and play a rousing game of Scrabulous before Facebook?”

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