STREET SENSE

Business monthly (Egypt) - - IN BRIEF -

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

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