Social Media remains most preferred source of news in the UAE, study shows




Social media, including Facebook and Twitter, is the most preferred source of news in the UAE, revealed a research paper on mobile internet habits.

The paper, by Yousuf Khalifa Al Ghufli, 24, an Emirati analyst specialising in Public Policy and Social Research in Abu Dhabi, and Tania Gupta, an Indian Internet Research Professional and Digital Analyst at Oxford University, England, was presented at the Gulf Research Centre Cambridge (GRCC) last week at the 2014 Gulf Research Meeting.

“We used a mixed methods approach, where we started off with a survey followed up with semi-structured interviews. We surveyed 158 respondents and interviewed 13 people.” Al Ghufli told Gulf News.

He added that the most interesting insight was that when it comes to preferred methods of news consumption “habits of expatriates who are long-term residents in the UAE are more similar to [those] of Emiratis than to the consumption habits of expatriates who are short-term residents, regardless of nationality”.


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