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Study shows Gulf youth want more web restrictions

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

About 40% of teenagers and young adults surveyed in Jordan, Lebanon and the UAE said there needs to be more online restrictions.
About 40% of teenagers and young adults surveyed in Jordan, Lebanon and the UAE said there needs to be more online restrictions.

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.