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Trends of Using the Internet: Field Study on a Sample of Internet Cafe Users in the Emirate of Sharjah

  • Al-Sayed Ahmed Mustafa Omer
Publisher: Gulf Research Center
Date of Publication: Feb 2009
Publications Categories: Research Papers & Analysis

Compared to other means of communication, the Internet became an advanced means of communication in a very short period of time. Because of its advanced technical capabilities, this network, which is based on intensive exchange and interaction, gathered all the special characteristics of other means of communication, such as the press, radio, T.V, video, cinema and telephones. In addition, it enables its users to play the role of both the recipients and senders of information at the same time. On the other hand, the potential impact of this technology and the transformation it would cause in the field of communication has become a rich area of investigation for scholars and students. With the increase in various services of the internet, many subjects, issues and problems appeared to the surface and became worthy of serious study and examination. In light of the above, this research seeks to explore the attitudes of internet café clients in particular. Their demographic characteristics, the environment in which they access the web, its nature and their own motives are aspects that revealed their attitudes, especially after we came to realize their technical tools and surfing traditions, which carry certain risks. Also, the results of this research revealed some scientific facts pertaining to the use of the internet by café clients, who have different motives and various intentions in the context of the services offered by these venues. These clients seek to satisfy their desires at all times and fulfill their needs while safeguarding their own privacy.

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