Study shows Gulf youth want more web restrictions

AUB survey results also show that over 5% want the Internet banned

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Study shows Gulf youth want more web restrictions About 40% of teenagers and young adults surveyed in Jordan, Lebanon and the UAE said there needs to be more online restrictions.
By  Vineetha Menon Published  August 5, 2010

Nearly half of the teenagers and young adults in the Middle East would like more restrictions on the Internet, a pilot study by the American University of Beirut has found.

The study, which analysed the media habits of MENA youth, surveyed 2,744 university and high school students in Jordan, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates between the ages of 13 and 28 years.

Their results showed a split in attitudes towards online restrictions. ‘More restrictions' was the most popular choice (about 40%), followed by ‘less restrictions' (a little over 30%), ‘no restrictions ‘ (slightly more than 20%).

Over 5% said the Internet needs to be ‘fully restricted or banned'.

Other significant findings from the study that asked students about their media consumption, production habits and their attitudes towards certain media, found that the majority spent "considerable time consuming new and traditional media, but much less time producing media content".

And those that did produce media content, did so in a language other than their native language.

"Indeed, with the exception of news, the majority of surveyed youth consumed and produced media in English, rather than Arabic," the study added.

3181 days ago

This article's analysis of the data is quite..questionable. The title implies the majority want more web restrictions but the data says otherwise: 'a little over' 30% said less restrictions & 'more than' 20% said no restrictions.

Even assuming the minimum of a cumulative 50% the majority of respondents did not state they wanted more web restrictions.

We can be certain those whose responses were in the final 5% are not the 'future leaders of tomorrow'.

Also the secondary observations of the study aren't at all surprising. The democratizing nature of the web values content which achieves the highest traffic levels & resonance, why are you going to publish in a language that reaches less people unless it is specifically in the nature of your content to achieve maximum impact in that language? Secondly since non-Romanized text isn't deeply supported on most social media platforms and, thankfully, a significant percentage of the youth in the countries mentioned are fluent in English there isn't really much reason for them to produce content in anything else.

What would deeply interest me is a cross-section of data to understand which socioeconomic groups & ages favored each outcome, as well as by-country data.

3181 days ago

Well Nikhil you might be surprised to know that less than a third of the World's population has internet access so I think its a little premature to draw the analogy of needing oxygen because more than two thirds of the World would be dead!

3181 days ago

such a flawed study, and stupid conclusion. i woul dlike to know how this survey was done to reach to such screwed up result. in fact the internet filtering should be a service that people who want restrictions can subscribe to.

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