90% of young Saudis get their news via social media: Survey

A Saudi man browses through twitter on his desktop in Riyadh on Jan. 30, 2013. (AFP/File)
Short Url
Updated 06 October 2020

90% of young Saudis get their news via social media: Survey

  • Four years ago, only 14 percent used social media as their main news source
  • The survey also found that 87 percent of young Saudis do their shopping online

DUBAI: Nine out of 10 young Saudis get their news from social media, a new survey has revealed.
That represents a sharp rise in the number of young people in the Kingdom relying on platforms such as Twitter and WhatsApp, rather than more traditional news outlets. Four years ago, only 14 percent used social media as their main news source.
The finding is one of the results of the 2020 Arab Youth Survey, the annual gauge of sentiment among men and women aged 18-24 in 17 countries across the Middle East and North Africa based on a sample of 4,000 people earlier this year.
The survey also found that 87 percent of young Saudis do their shopping online, another big jump in just a short space of time, which has been accelerated in recent months by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The government’s handling of the pandemic was approved by an overwhelming number of young Saudis, with 91 percent strongly in favor of the measures taken to protect public health.
The survey, based on a 50/50 split between men and women, also shed interesting light on the changing attitudes of women in the Kingdom.
Twelve percent of young Saudi women think they have more rights than men, 50 percent say they have the same rights as men, and 74 percent say they have greater or equal access to quality education.
Young Saudi men and women polled agree equally — around 64 percent — that a woman can benefit her family the most if she works full-time or part-time rather than stays at home.
Foreign views of Saudi Arabia have changed significantly in recent years, according to the survey.
Young Arabs in 17 states view the Kingdom as the top rising power in the region, and it is seen as having increased its influence in the Arab world more than any Arab country in the past five years.
Sunil John, president and founder of ASDA’A BCW, the consultancy that has produced the survey for the past 12 years, said the results reflect the changes that have been underway in the Kingdom due to the Vision 2030 strategy.
“Youth clearly view these efforts as having been instrumental in positioning the Kingdom as a rising power,” John added.


Saudi Arabia condemns Nice church attack

Updated 55 min 52 sec ago

Saudi Arabia condemns Nice church attack

  • The foreign ministry stressed the importance of rejecting practices that breed hatred, violence and extremism
  • The Muslim World League (MWL) also condemned the attack and described it as a “terrorist crime”

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia condemned an attack at a church in the southern French city of Nice that killed three people on Thursday.
The Kingdom’s foreign ministry expressed its categorical rejection of the extremist attack in Notre Dame Basilica and others like it, and said that they are inconsistent with all religions, human beliefs and instincts. 
The ministry stressed the importance of rejecting practices that breed hatred, violence and extremism.
The ministry also expressed its condolences to the families of victims and the French government and public, wishing those injured a speedy recovery. 
The Muslim World League (MWL) also condemned the attack and described it as a “terrorist crime.”
The MWL added that Islam is innocent of such attacks and considers them “ugly crimes” that are a product of terrorist ideologies.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) also condemned the attack and said it rejects extremism and terrorism in all shapes and forms regardless of motives.

The Council of Senior Scholars condemned the Nice Attack and said it is the duty of people to practice tolerance and constructive cooperation in the world. 

It added that Islam places utmost importance on protecting civilians.

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Kuwait, Bahrain and Egypt also condemned the attack.