Human development expert Rashad Faqiha revealed that Saudis are “wasting” eight hours per day on the internet.
He noted that 7.6 million internet users in the Kingdom have accounts on Facebook, more than one million are on LinkedIn, and 4.8 million Saudi users are on Twitter. Saudi users also view YouTube videos 290 million times per day.
“Saudi youth must learn that time is valuable and should invest it in developing successful professional careers, rather than spending it on social networking websites. Smartphones have played a big role in the youth wasting their time,” he said during a seminar held at King Khaled University.
A study conducted by The Online Project, a social network brand management firm in the Middle East, showed that Facebook is the top social networking site visited by Saudi users. However, despite their preference for Facebook, Saudi users are more active on Twitter.
The ages of internet users in Saudi Arabia range from 24 to 35, with more than 7.6 million Facebook users. Of these, 26 per cent are female, while 74 per cent are male. Around 46 per cent are aged between 18 and 23, while 28 per cent are aged between 35 and 44. The study revealed that those older than 45 accounted for just 16 per cent.
The report indicated that five million people in the Kingdom use Facebook through their smartphones, with 32 per cent of them using Apple devices and 64 per cent using Android devices.
Meanwhile, more than half of Saudis use Facebook in Arabic, while around 72 per cent leave posts and comments in Arabic. About two per cent of the posts include emoticons, with the happy face emoticon used five times more often than the sad face.