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Akbar spends nearly an hour every evening in a packed Internet cafe near his home in Kabul's Shah Shahid area to chat with his female "friends." To pay for his online habit, which costs about 100 afghanis () an hour, he has taken a part-time job as a garage assistant.
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When he's deployed overseas, he leads Army medics who provide emergency care to wounded soldiers.
Then when he's back on American soil, he fights fires in Lawrence and gives first aid to people suffering ill turns.
RFE/RL set up an account as a 22-year-old female medical student living in Kabul to get an idea of what kinds of "friends" she would attract, and received more than 900 friend requests within a month.
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Interests include Bollywood movies, Afghan music, and sport -- mostly soccer and cricket -- among other things.
Such browsing also reveals that male Afghan Facebook users appear to have little concern about online security -- their photos, status updates, and posts are often open to the public. In accordance with social norms that discourage the idea of women putting themselves on display, female Facebook users in Afghanistan rarely post their photos online, at least publicly.
They also tend to post photos of celebrities -- Indian actresses are a favorite -- as their profile pictures.
That doesn't prevent them from attracting many suitors, however.
'A Better Life' Mock female accounts can be the cause of real heartbreaks in Afghanistan, says Rafiullah Baher, a 22-year-old Kabul student.