Women’s Impact on Social Media in Islamic Regions

TitleWomen’s Impact on Social Media in Islamic Regions
Publication TypeConference Paper
Author(s)Shirvani, S.
Affiliation (1st Author)Ohio University Zanesville
Section or WGIslam and Media Working Group
DateSat 29 June
Slot CodeISLS1a
Slot Code (Keyword)ISLS1a
Time of Session9:00-10:30
RoomC123
Session TitleSocial Networks, Muslims and Identity
Submission ID5830
Abstract

Women have always represented strongly in social media, and it appears that they are also pioneers in the use of the social media technologies to connect with their friends, clients and their relationships.  Women use social media to stay in touch with family friends and clients while men use less and relay on different channels to communicate. Studies indicated that Women significantly lead men when it comes to social networking (http://mashable.com/2011/09/22/women-social-network/).  Furthermore, indicates that 68% of women use social media to engage with others, compared to 54% men.  Women not only use this channel to communicate, but they use to improve their financial and their educational and political needs.  According to researches men tend to lag behind women when it comes to communication on social media.  How men and women use social network are completely different.  Apparently personal use of social networks is more established than professional use of networks.  Adult like teens are using online social networks to connect with people they know for communication.  However, adult use social network to discuss and share political, economic view as well as socialization.  This group view socialization with different perspective.   Men and women when use social network for professional and personal reasons, they often maintain multiple profiles, generally on different sites.  Most adult social network users are privacy conscious and they use restrict access to their profiles so that only a group of people can see their profiles.  And when they use social network for political and economic purposes their social network setting is not private and they openly communicate with wide circle of followers.  In spite of why they use these social networks women vigorously pursue this medium to communicate their political and economic views more than men.  This paper is discussing role of women in social media in Islamic countries during uprising and difficult situations.  Women are like a producer and director of a movie directing sharing the events and like a sport illustrator influencing the mind of their followers.

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