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Using the Internet: Men Vs. Women

Using the Internet: Men Vs. Women

(epharmanews)- Men and women often have different interests in many of the everyday activities and internet use is not an exception. Researchers found that the difference between how men and women use the Internet has become even more significant.

The study, conducted by Psychologists from the Department of Psychology at the University of Bath, has found there is a widening gap between the way men and women use the internet. The researchers found that whole women were more interested in social network sites; men were more likely to visit entertainment, games, and music websites.

This difference became clearer after the introduction of social network sites, such as facebook and twitter, nearly ten years ago. While some men are still interested in social networking online, women spent considerably more time on these sites than men.

The study involved almost 500 first year undergraduate students (389 women, 100 men), with an average age of 20. This study is a repetition of a similar one the researchers conducted ten years ago.

Results show that since the advent of new social networking sites the difference between men and women on internet usage is greater than it was 10 years before. Dr. Richard Joiner, author of Gender, Internet Experience, Internet Identification and Internet Anxiety: A ten year follow up, said: "In previous research we found no gender differences in the use of the internet for communication, whereas in the current study we found gender differences in communication and that females were using social network sites more than males."

Researchers found that men were more likely to use the internet for entertainment, games, news and online betting while women were more likely to make online travel reservations as well as social networking.

They also found that on average, students stared using internet when they were 11 years old, and they spend about 3.4 hours a day online. A great difference was obvious in the hours spent online between men and women.

"Our findings indicate that rather than transcending or overcoming gender differences in wider society, internet use by males and females seems to reflect, and in some instances even exacerbate, these broader trends." Said Dr. Joiner.

"Gender differences in the use of the internet are more a reflection of gender differences in wider society. It is important to continue to investigate these differences because of the importance of the internet in virtually every aspect of our lives and the erroneous assumption that all young people have similar and high level of technology ability and experience."

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