Thursday, December 29, 2005

Women and men online

Examining the Internet gender gap

Women are now as likely to use the Internet as men, yet a new study shows that gaps remain in what each does online.

American men are more likely than women to check the weather, the news, sports, political and financial information, the Pew Internet and American Life Project reported Wednesday. They are also more likely to use the Internet to download music and software and to take a class.

Online women, meanwhile, are bigger users of e-mail, and they are more likely to go online for religious information and support for health or personal problems. The Washington Post has the story.
How do you use the Internet?

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Georganna Hancock said...

No sure why this would be referred to as a "gap". In the early '90s I researched gender differences for my M.S. program and found a strong tendency for males to do programming and use computers to play games while women used them to perform tasks. In the intervening years, the more useful PC's and the Internet became, the more women use them.

Deb S. said...

Georganna, the point you make about the "gap" is a good one. I agree that differences would be a more accurate word. Thanks for sharing the results of your research. From my vantage point, it's a very accurate assessment. Thanks for stopping by.