“It is becoming more and more prominent that the man uses the Internet to satisfy his sexual desires.”In a conformist society like Egypt, opposite sexes generally interact and mingle only within the limited confines of socially acceptable norms.
The surveyed sample of youth is either students from Upper Egypt or those from The American University in Cairo; I think choosing two different extremes biases the results and views somehow.I think more middle class, averaged Egyptians should have been survey instead.The article also does a good job at highlighting the changes that have resulted from the growing use of viral chatting and meeting people online.I like the link made between internet use and the increasing rates of infidelity and divorce.“I never trust these men because you don’t know who you are talking to,” said Habib.
According to a recent study conducted by the Egyptian Cabinet’s Information and Decision Support Center, about 40 percent of the country’s internet users admit to having at least one “deceitful” cyber relationship. Through the Internet, with just a few keyboard clicks, men and women can connect easily, quickly, and anonymously.“It is definitely a common complaint that the husband is getting his sexual satisfaction through the Internet, from chatting or from porno sites,” said Barbari, adding that this trend plays a factor in the breakup of relationships.“Women have been living with this and now are talking about it,” she added.Mary Habib, a communications student at the American University in Cairo (AUC) in her junior year, spends a daily average of five hours online, sending e-mails, updating her two blogs and her Facebook account, as well as chatting in virtual rooms.She has already received a number of propositions from men she did not know but refused to act on any of them.Twenty-three-year-old Waleed uses the Internet to catch up on the news, check the latest football scores and also meet women. Three such cyber exchanges in fact led to face-to-face meetings.