69% of Teen mobile Internet users in MENA use WhatsApp each month, compared to 4% in North America, GlobalWebIndex revealed at the start of the year.
WhatsApp is Qatar’s leading social media service, across all groups, reported a new study from the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (ictQATAR). Usage includes group discussions around the news, cooking and religion, as well as SMS replacement activities.
WhatsApp may soon be used by Emergency Services in Saudi Arabia, using mobile technology developed by the Red Crescent Authority which will send distress messages with exact locations.
… And on a different note, a Saudi man apparently divorced his wife for ignoring his WhatsApp messages and spending too much time on her phone reported Gulf News. We’ve all been there…
Chart: Usage of social channels by nationality in Qatar, ictQATAR
This is an extract from my third annual round-up of Social Media in the Middle East.