Youth choose MXit over Facebook

2010-06-02 14:30

Pretoria - Mobile instant messaging giant MXit was voted number one by South African youth, beating a formidable list of global players like Facebook, YouTube and Yahoo, a survey showed on Wednesday.

The survey, which was part of the Sunday Times Generation Next Survey, interviewed over 5 800 youth from six provinces.

MXit took first place for best cellphone application and best social networking application. However, South African youth could handle living without it - family came first.

This was revealed when participants were asked what they can't live without. Cellphones ranked second, followed by money, parents and MXit.

"This shows a well-grounded South African youth population."

MXit founder and CEO Herman Heunis said MXit was a true South African success story, attracting between 25 000 and 28 000 new registrations every day. "Its users send 10 times more messages per day, than the total global Tweets sent per day," he said in a statement.

The application has over 20 million users.

MXit first introduced mobile instant messaging to the country in 2003 with users sending messages at a fraction of the cost of the traditional SMS.

  • Gerard - 2010-06-02 14:49

    Well that is because emailing is so expensive in South Africa and so are computers. South Africans are being ripped off by everything that is not locally made. I miss my Mxit but I evolved to internet when I left. Too much coruption in SA and that is why everything is becoming so expensive. Puff, puff, pass...

  • llisten up... - 2010-06-02 15:43

    What type of variables were used to determine that mxit is better than facebook? As an IM yes as a personal webpage not possible, the IM utillity on facebook is an add-on, where as mxit is an IM application.
    Taking into account that mxit supports more software platforms than Skype Mobile also suggests that the ratio between the two should be considered to calculate preference.

  • Adam - 2010-06-02 16:22

    5,800 youths represent the situation in the country?? Please. For all we know it could have been sampled from 6 schools - 1 in each province.

  • Nico - 2010-06-02 19:04

    I have a laptop with internet and i still use MXIT on my laptop. the instant messaging is just more stable and fast than any other system

  • Roland - 2010-06-02 23:11

    Gerard. That really is a pointless comment. There is corruption in every country in the world. Some are just better at hiding it. Stay away from South Africa please. Oh and email is a service with costs that are based solely on data that is sent. Unlike an sms. I've never heard of an expensive email. Keep it up MXit.

  • Dirk - 2010-06-03 07:06

    Very true, compared to other European countries our internet and cell phone costs are as Zim $ are to SA rands...Puff, puff, passes again.

  • Michelle - 2010-06-03 09:33

    I think it speaks to a greater issue that South African youth think of "family" and "parents" as separate things.

  • Ewan - 2010-06-03 10:23

    what is rong with the youth of to day, they want money and cellphones before parents

  • Shukrie - 2010-06-03 12:15

    Mxit is without a doubt a usefull application with tons of advantages but has its cons like youth not being able socialize properly, distractions when it comes to there studies, as well as the chatrooms that they can register with via mxit. so my advice is just don't abuse it.
    PS: thumbs up for mxit, it saved me a $$$$$

  • nhlanhla - 2010-06-04 12:53

    mxit takes the lead is not boring every time you log in to it you enjoy it the facebook cuz people on facebook jst log sometimes.

  • esther - 2010-06-07 16:32

    mxit is cheaper and no picture is wanted by force so in facebook every details is wanted.

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