Young Cambodians on Facebook

Young Cambodians on Facebook

Teng Navatey
Teng-Navatey.

Teng Navatey, 21, Phnom Penh International University: “Facebook is a means of communication. My classmates created a Facebook group for us so that everyone in the class can get information and documents. For me, it is a good way to communicate with my classmates and stay updated about extra classroom tests. However, I am cautious of making friends online. Before I add a friend or confirm someone as a friend on Facebook, I check their profile first.”

Sam Dara
Sam Dara.

Sam Dara, 22, Norton University: “Just like many other people, I use Facebook as a tool to share and receive information. I think most people realise that Facebook plays a very significant role in sharing knowledge and information. I myself share a lot of interesting stories I found on Facebook but I am wary because some prospective employers or scholarship providers may judge me through my digital footprint. Therefore, I think it is better to be cautious than careless.”

Pann SreyPoch
Pann SreyPoch.

Pann SreyPoch, 23, National University of Management: “I like using Facebook because I want to make friends. It is a social network where I can meet different people from various places. I am an outgoing person and I usually make a lot of friends offline. However, it is more fun for me to make friend online. Even so I still have to limit myself due to the fact that I can’t judge anyone from their account. I never reveal the truth of my private life to some friends on Facebook. I don’t trust most of my friends on Facebook as we have never met in person before.”

Luy Kunthea
Luy Kunthea.

Luy Kunthea, 23, private company staff member: “Facebook is my favourite safety valve for stress. When I feel stressful or sad, I always use it as a tool to help me share my emotions. I can post about how I feel so some of my friends can share some good ideas to deal with my situation or at least help me feel relieved. But I never meet or go on blind dates with friends that I know from Facebook because I worry about my security and privacy.”

Oul Vannet
Oul Vannet.

Oul Vannet, 19, Phnom Penh International University: “I really like posting photos on my wall and love to get likes, comments and shares from my friends. However, I also worry about my privacy on Facebook because I have heard a lot about how anonymous people on social networks can harm you in reality. Even though I love posting photos on my timeline I never reveal details about my property or my family.”

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