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.
“I never trust these men because you don’t know who you are talking to,” said Habib.
A basic search for “free Egypt chat sites” brings up over 5,000,000 results.
Twenty-two-year-old Mostafa, a single pharmacy student from Assiut said the sole purpose of his chatting online is that a virtual relationship can lead to a real date.
“You have nowhere else to get your sexuality but from your spouse,” said Qotb in a past interview on CNN.
With Internet World Stats showing Egypt’s internet users jumping from 450,000 in 2000 to more than 12,000,000 last year and the growing number of Egyptians adopting mobile telephones and subscribing to satellite television, sexual promiscuity is even reaching the most remote and more conservative rural areas.
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.
Waleed still goes online regularly in the hope that one day he will eventually meet his future wife.
The popularity of the Internet and other digital technologies is on the rise in Egypt, causing some critics to question whether the digital revolution will lead to a sexual revolution in the traditionally conservative Egyptian society., is convinced that there is indeed a connection between the use of cyber technology, infidelity and the rate of divorce in Egypt.
Khaled is a Cairene who owns a farm and agricultural land in the Delta.
He says many of the men living in the village have pornographic channels installed on their television receiver.
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.