On 18th of May 2014, Arab Social Media Report released their 2nd edition of White Paper report on The Middle East Online Statistics, covering almost every aspect of online activity in the region, including Social Media.
This white paper is produced by the Governance and Innovation Program at the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government in partnership with Bayt.com. It continues to examine Internet and mobile usage trends in the Arab region. The purpose of this series is to provide policy makers, business leaders and development organizations with updated information on the usage trends in an ever-changing ‘digital landscape’ in the
I’ve highlighted only a few numbers that I had found interesting
Accessing the Internet
What gadgets do you own?
99% of respondents indicated owning a laptop or a desktop
1.48% do not own a smartphone, tablet, desktop or laptop
Which of the following devised do you use to access the internet?
61% of respondents access the internet through a laptop and 50% access it through a desktop
42% of respondents access the internet through a smartphone and 24% do so through a tablet
19% access the internet through a mobile phones
How much time do you spend on the internet?
8% of respondents indicated spending 3-4 hours on the internet
Only 12% of respondents spend more than ten hours on the internet
4% spend less than one hour on the internet
Time spent Accessing the Internet through Various Devices
50% of respondents accessed the internet through a desktop or laptop 1-5 hours a day
54% accessed the internet for less than an hour daily through their smartphone
73% accessed the internet through a tablet less than an hour a day
Time Spent Socializing Online
41% of respondents connect with friends on social media several times a day
56% connect with friends and family over VoIP (e.g. Skype) several times a week
25% of respondents use instant messaging several times a day
Social Media Usage Trends
Facebook (91%) is the most popular social network, followed by Google+, YouTube and then Twitter. Most respondents do not have an account in the other social networks listed.
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