Muslim girls in the US have one of the lowest rates of female friendships and social networking than their male counterparts, according to a new study.
According to the new study, women in the Muslim community are more likely to be in relationships than their peers of other faiths.
The study, conducted by researchers at the University of California at Berkeley and Harvard University, found that Muslim girls were far less likely to have more than one female friend than the general population, with about half of those girls meeting no male friends at all.
“While this study may suggest that Muslim American girls may have a low rate of friendships, the lack of male friends is not surprising,” said the study’s lead author, Anirban Basu, a PhD candidate in the Department of Psychology.
“For many Muslim American Muslim girls, dating and networking are the main outlets for connecting with other girls and boys in their community.”
The study also found that there was little evidence of a relationship gap among Muslim American boys and girls.
While only about 3% of Muslim American students reported having more than two friends, about 12% of those boys and 12% in the general Muslim population did.
The Muslim American women and girls are often the target of negative stereotypes and are often stigmatized for having more friends than men, according a report from the American Muslim Women’s Association.
The research, published in the journal PLOS ONE, also found Muslims are more interested in the dating world, with nearly half of Muslims identifying as single.
The study was funded by the American Jewish Congress and the Muslim American Women’s Alliance.