Her patients vary in age between their mid twenties and fifties and range from the average to the very affluent, influential, and Westernized Egyptian.“It is definitely a common complaint that the husband is getting his sexual satisfaction through the Internet, from chatting or from porno sites,” said Barbari, adding that this trend plays a factor in the breakup of relationships.
However with the growing use of cell phone messaging, as well as the attraction of anonymous Web chat rooms and electronic social networking websites like Facebook, the once customary barriers dividing men and women are eroding.
Mary Habib, a communications student at the American University in Cairo (AUC) in her junior year, spends a daily average of five hours online, sending e-mails, updating her two blogs and her Facebook account, as well as chatting in virtual rooms.
She has already received a number of propositions from men she did not know but refused to act on any of them.
The popularity of the Internet and other digital technologies is on the rise in Egypt, causing some critics to question whether the digital revolution will lead to a sexual revolution in the traditionally conservative Egyptian society., is convinced that there is indeed a connection between the use of cyber technology, infidelity and the rate of divorce in Egypt.
“Of course, of course, they are all related,” said Lofti, pointing out though that there are still no official statistics to support this correlation.
“We receive many complaints from women who want a divorce because their husbands are meeting other women in chat rooms and cheating on their wives.”According to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics, in 2007 an Egyptian couple files for divorce every six minutes, with a third of marriages in Egypt breaking up in the first year.
Most of the time my clients are facing marital problems, and they come to me when they are on the brink of divorce,” said Abier Barbari, an Egyptian psychologist who has been practicing as a private counselor in Cairo since 2001.
The former head of the privately-run Brookside School, near Craven Arms, Shropshire, faces nine charges of rape, seven of indecency with a child, 20 of indecent assault, and 14 other serious sexual assault charges.
Twenty-three-year-old Waleed uses the Internet to catch up on the news, check the latest football scores and also meet women. Three such cyber exchanges in fact led to face-to-face meetings.
Assiut is very conservative,” said the single Egyptian male, who is studying medicine at the faculty in his hometown south of the capital. “There you can only say good morning to a girl in the street.” The World Wide Web has indeed opened doors for the doctor-to-be, providing him with the opportunity to chat with single women online.
Waleed still goes online regularly in the hope that one day he will eventually meet his future wife.