In an artilce by Anick Jesdanun, she reports a study that indicates that there is no difference in the number of men and women who use the Internet, but there is a difference in how they make use of it. Here’s an excerpt:
American men who go online 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 also more likely to go online for religious information and support for health or personal problems.
“For men, it’s just, ‘Give me the facts,” said Deborah Fallows, who wrote the report based on six years of Pew surveys. “For women, it’s ‘Let’s talk about this. Are you worried about this problem?’ It’s keeping in touch and connecting with people in a richer way.”
Thankfully, the article points out that where there are differences, they are not large. It also balances some of the gender rhetoric at the end of the article, pointing out that the question goes deeper than the stereotypical way we often see differences between men and women portrayed. Good. I felt a rant coming on about “just the facts” vs. “connecting with people in a richer way.”