Over 6 million Pakistanis on Facebook!

Published: February 2, 2012

DESIGN: SHAHBAZ MEHDI

DESIGN: SHAHBAZ MEHDI DESIGN: SHAHBAZ MEHDI DESIGN: SHAHBAZ MEHDI DESIGN: SHAHBAZ MEHDI

While Pakistan’s burgeoning young population is often termed a “time bomb”, for social networking website Facebook the mammoth number suggests significant growth potential.

According to latests statistics, over six million Pakistanis use Facebook, putting the country on number 26 in the list of countries where Facebook users are based.

The figure, which social media researchers put at 6.08 million people, includes 4.14 million men and 1.94 million women.

Although that sounds like a lot of people, the figure is significantly less than half of the Pakistan population that has access to the internet. According Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, more than 20 million Pakistanis are online, which means that the number using Facebook is only 32.86% of the total online population.

While this is a significant indication of the potential that Facebook can still exploit in Pakistan, what is an even more important fact that comes out of the research is that the number of new users who signed in for a Facebook account increased by one million in the six months between August 2011 and January 2012.

The research shows that 5.19 million Pakistani Facebook users are over the age of 18 years. The appeal continues to be more for men, as 3.57 million of these users are men while 1.59 million are women.

The research shows that the greatest number of Facebook users (55.4%) is between the age of 18 and 24 years. The number of people in this age group who use the website is 3.03 million. The lowest number of users is, not surprisingly, in the age group of above 65 years which constitutes barely 1% of the total internet population.

Out of the users whose relationship status is single, 617,900 are women and 87,600 are men. More than 12,000 men are in a relationship compared to 71,680 women. The number for women is once again the highest, with over 95,720 married as compared to 15,120 men.

Among the users, 2.02 million people are college graduates, 1.46 million of whom are men while half a million are women.

Facebook, which was launched in 2004 but opened its doors to the public in 2006, has over 800 million active users worldwide.

The original graphic was designed by Shahbaz Mehdi aka Enk and can be viewed here.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Feb 2, 2012 - 6:40PM

    Pakistanis don’t waste time on facebook thats why only 32% of Internet User’s have facebook account

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  • rabail shaikh
    Feb 2, 2012 - 7:00PM

    whoever has fb accounts i believe wastes more thn enuf time which sort of compensates for the non-users lol…i would have wanted to see the average time spend by users on fb though.

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  • Lofted Shot
    Feb 2, 2012 - 7:22PM

    @ Uzma, Facebook is not about Wasting time any more. The website is serious business. Lot’s of LADS are getting their bread and butter from Facebook, however ADDICTION is still the factor.

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  • Sana Iqbal
    Feb 2, 2012 - 7:42PM

    The research shows that 5.19 million Pakistani Facebook users are over the age of 18 years.
    Thats because anyone below that age is not eligible to register :-P even 10 year old kids register themselves with fake date of births

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  • A.Khan
    Feb 2, 2012 - 8:18PM

    It is difficult to gather such statistics while people have double accounts or fake ones.

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  • Feb 2, 2012 - 9:19PM

    Including all those fake profiles operated by boys? :P

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Feb 2, 2012 - 9:56PM

    Facebook is the only world’s renowned interactive web based page where people are introduced and make friendship while sitting thousands of miles away.

    With the passage of time, more people from Pakistan will be joining Facebook, as for maintaining friendship and developing new contacts, it is necessary for every one to be on the Facebook.

    One thing I like about it is that Facebook does not charge any money for creating a personal account.

    No other media can give so much publicity to their clients and that too free of charge.

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  • Pakistanian
    Feb 2, 2012 - 10:15PM

    Internet predators looking for relationships..!

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  • Feb 3, 2012 - 8:04PM

    This is a real virtual potential. Only need some awareness to use this great social media platform for the betterment of not just society, but our ownself.

    @Sana Iqbal The minimum Age limit is 13, not 18 as per the legal terms of use of Facebook:

    “You will not use Facebook if you are under 13″

    Point no 5. Under 4th Heading – Registration and account security.

    http://www.facebook.com/legal/terms

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  • Icydevil
    Feb 4, 2012 - 2:53PM

    Pakistanis on FB only use facebook to send FRAAANDD SHIIIIPP requests.

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  • Mar 26, 2012 - 3:10AM

    @Sana Iqbal:

    lol well said, if Facebook remove this age restriction the users in Pakistan may reach 12 million in few days.

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