What do you do on the internet?
I usually check social media for important news. If there’s an interesting TV talk show, I watch it on YouTube. In case of a big event such as the recent plane crash, I usually go to websites like Reuters, BBC or CNN. Sometimes I check local news portals like and Shorouk, which now have hourly updates on their websites. If I want to research a product, I use international review websites because I trust that they don’t have a hidden agenda.
Tamer Taher, 29, financial analyst
I used to be a keen follower of online news. But after 2011, the credibility of news reporters became questionable— they have their own political agendas. So now, I just use the internet as entertainment; I check what my friends have been up to recently on Facebook and Twitter or watch blackand-white Arabic movies on YouTube to pass the time.
Sahar Tawfik, 26, unemployed
The internet is my window onto the world. Every morning and before I go to sleep I have a fixed list of local Arab and foreign news outlets that I go through for my daily digest. I don't particularly trust social media or newer news outlets, which don't have trained journalists. I appreciate people who work for rights groups or have a certain cause they are fighting for, but I ignore their articles because I know they have their own agenda.
Tahany Samaan, 47, public relations executive
For me the internet is about entertainment and reading new product reviews for cars, mobile phones and apps. I’m fed up with the news since 2011, because no one is credible anymore. For reading, I steer clear of Egyptian portals unless they have some interesting fluff. I visit Egyptian Streets and CairoScene for light articles in which credibility doesn’t matter. But I really wish there was a website with credible reviews of places to go in Cairo. It's ridiculous that I have to go to TripAdvisor to find a nice place to eat in Egypt.
Seif Samy, 23, call center agent
Ninety percent of the time I access the internet on my phone. I mainly look at Facebook and Twitter to find out what my friends are doing. As for the news, I just read the headlines of stories people have shared. If it seems interesting, then I read the article. I also watch video clips of old songs on YouTube, but I never watch talk shows.
Samira Abdel Gawad, 31, maid
I read everything I can online on my phone. In every story, no matter who writes it or where it’s published, there are going to be mistakes. So I read lots of stuff, regardless of where it comes from, and then I can make up my mind about what really happened.
Mohamed Ahmed, 35, security guard
I usually read about horse and dog breeds online. Those are my hobbies. Also I watch videos about new mobile phones when they come out, even if I’m not looking to buy one. I check social media to see who is doing what, but I rarely participate. Reading the news is very depressing nowadays, while the fluffy articles are too superficial.
Karim Hanna, 57, school teacher