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Are Social Media in Kuwait Really Social?

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Forbes magazine released a list of the top 100 Arab tweets on July 2011. Thirty-eight percent of those tweets are from Kuwaitis. Another research center indicated that there are about 900 thousand Facebook users in Kuwait. This means that one-third of all Kuwaitis are using Facebook. Many Kuwaitis, parliament members, government officials, hospitals, media practitioners, companies, restaurants, and many others have accounts with different kinds of social media sites.
As Kuwait is a social country, social media make an impact on the way people connect with one another. In Kuwait, media laws and regulations are looser than those of most other Arab countries. Some parliament members and officials are not happy with this freedom and are asking to censor these outlets because they were being used to attack them by young Kuwaitis. This study looks at whether these social media outlets are really social and making Kuwaitis close to each other, or if in fact they are pulling them apart. The study will also investigate the impact of these outlets on Kuwaitis. Questionnaires will be given to a systematic random sample of 500 Kuwaiti nationals in order to learn more about their social media use.
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AlFailakawi, Yousef. "Are Social Media in Kuwait Really Social?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the BEA, Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, NV, <Not Available>. 2014-12-12 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p545296_index.html>

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AlFailakawi, Y. "Are Social Media in Kuwait Really Social?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the BEA, Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, NV <Not Available>. 2014-12-12 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p545296_index.html

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Abstract: Forbes magazine released a list of the top 100 Arab tweets on July 2011. Thirty-eight percent of those tweets are from Kuwaitis. Another research center indicated that there are about 900 thousand Facebook users in Kuwait. This means that one-third of all Kuwaitis are using Facebook. Many Kuwaitis, parliament members, government officials, hospitals, media practitioners, companies, restaurants, and many others have accounts with different kinds of social media sites.
As Kuwait is a social country, social media make an impact on the way people connect with one another. In Kuwait, media laws and regulations are looser than those of most other Arab countries. Some parliament members and officials are not happy with this freedom and are asking to censor these outlets because they were being used to attack them by young Kuwaitis. This study looks at whether these social media outlets are really social and making Kuwaitis close to each other, or if in fact they are pulling them apart. The study will also investigate the impact of these outlets on Kuwaitis. Questionnaires will be given to a systematic random sample of 500 Kuwaiti nationals in order to learn more about their social media use.


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