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18 September 2017 12:00 am

QToons explores the dark side of social media in Qatar

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Images courtesy of Abdulaziz Yousef & Temsa7 

There’s no doubt that, much like the rest of the world, Qatar is obsessed with social media. It’s not uncommon to see both Qataris and expats alike glued to their phones everywhere – from the grocery store, to the salon, to even in their cars and across the dinner table.

With a population of nearly 2.5 million, Qatar has one of the highest rates of social media penetration in the world. According to a recent study by Hootsuite and We Are Social, Qatar has 2.4 million social media users – or 99 per cent penetration. That’s nearly the entire population! It also has the highest percentage of any population accessing social media through their mobile devices.

So, with that many users clamouring for influence in the social media sphere – it’s no wonder the lines between reality and cyber-reality become blurred. In this week’s edition of QToons, Temsa7’s Abdulaziz Yousef explores the grey area between the authentic and the manufactured, and our sense of self that can get lost along the way.

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