Number of social media users in Kuwait hits 3.9 million

Social media outlets have created a sharing revolution that has spread its influence, whether benign or malignant, throughout most modern societies including Kuwait. It is especially potent in molding opinions in social, political and economic forums.

President of the World Club of Electronic Media, Hind Nadhim a Kuwaiti, said the number of social media users in Kuwait has reached 3.9 million (with one user accessing multiple social media sites), which reflects the passion of followers of social media.

As of January 2019, out of a total population of 4.2 million, 98 percent of the population or over 4.1 million people were internet users. Of these users, 3.9 million were active social media users. The overwhelming majority (3.1 million people) of social media users were active on mobile platforms, which is not surprising given that mobile subscriptions exceed the population (168%) with 7.1 million SIM cards sold.

The number of prepaid users is 62 percent compared to 38 percent for post-paid users and that 92 percent of those who connect to the Internet do so through a broadband (3G or 4G) network.

Breaking down the social media users, she disclosed that there were 3 million active Facebook users (29% female, 71% male); WhatsApp and Instagram active users was 1.8 million (38% female, 62% male); Twitter had 1.68 million active users (25% female 75% male) while Snapchat had 1.65 million active users (55% female 45% male). Snapchat is probably more popular among females because it contains filters to modify the image and is distinct from other applications.