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The modern Saudi state was founded only in 1932, and then on the basis of an existing pact between the Al Saud family and the Wahhabist clerics, who peddle a particularly red-hot version of Islam.

It is certainly a traditional place, especially around the capital Riyadh.

But social media is not just used for getting up to naughty things.

The country’s most popular Twitter account, with more than 14 million followers, is that of Muhammad al-Arefe, a Saudi cleric—and not a particularly liberal one, either.

Two different respondents, both Muslim and married, wrote that those who use apps are not serious or honest.

Though these two had not dated, the rest of the respondents had all either nearly been caught themselves, or had heard about less fortunate instances.

The internet has opened new doors for single women in highly traditional societies, allowing them to chat with strangers discreetly from their homes, away from the eyes of family members.

Saudi Arabia currently has the world’s Nikia Johnson, who works for Whos Here, said in an email that Saudis use the app to make and meet new friends who are in their area or when traveling, as well as to chat and meet with people for dating purposes.

Most described a culture seemingly incompatible with a service such as Whos Here.

Saudi entrepreneurs, especially in the more relaxed Red Sea city of Jeddah, are launching apps and You Tube channels.

Whatever the position of Saudis in the real world, they are fully integrated in the virtual one.

In their view, older generations are mostly unaware of such apps and disapprove of dating itself.

“Earlier, even Facebook was taboo,” wrote a 20-year-old Jeddah resident.

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