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The Web is Increasingly a Girls World
Web 3.0 Next Gen Internet Dominated by Women
martinibuster




msg:3580966
 10:46 am on Feb 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

According to a report in the NYTimes [nytimes.com],

Research shows that among the youngest Internet users, the primary creators of Web content (blogs, graphics, photographs, Web sites)... are digitally effusive teenage girls.

Among the interesting observations are that men don't have the same aptitude for growing sites with new content that women do, and that the social aspect of the web is a more natural fit for women than men.

Does this change anything? Any implications for the future of where the web is headed and who we're addressing?

 

JAB Creations




msg:3582920
 5:26 pm on Feb 23, 2008 (gmt 0)

I agree with kaled though I'd like to add I'd like to see females take the initiative more on troubleshooting beyond the required. That however is where genders differ. I think subconsciously women comprehend that nature is less tolerant in giving them time to conceive so their mindset might be set to utilizing already existing resources then to create/gather/etc resources. This creates a balance as males aren't as restricted time as females. Any one can call anything sexist but nature is not politically correct nor as merely a concept lacks the consciousness to have a desire either for or against, it just is. However no one should be denied the credits to their efforts and merits and frankly I tend to enjoy working with females more then males a majority of the time.

- John

varya




msg:3582963
 6:32 pm on Feb 23, 2008 (gmt 0)

Everyone uses pre-existing tools because it's more efficient. I can knit, sew, weave, whittle and knap flint, yet I generally wear socks that are already knitted and use knives that already exist. Seems likely to me that's true of everyone reading this as well, regardless of their sex. It'd be plain silly to make a new knife every time I wanted a sandwich.

No, nature isn't politically correct, but any evolved behavior that resulted in females being unable to solve problems because they're overwhelming concerned with their fertility would be short-lived indeed. Depending on how long I live, my fertile years will add up to somewhere between 35% and 50% of my lifetime. While that is shorter than the fertile period for men, it's hardly sufficient to distract me (either consciously or subconsiously) from things like writing elegant code or developing innovative solutions to problems.

kaled




msg:3583119
 1:50 am on Feb 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

When I was at school, one teacher had a theory as to why men are more inventive than women - he believed men are lazier and therefore more inclined to look for shortcuts and easier/better ways of doing things.

Personally, I stay clear of looking for reasons behind apparent differences between the sexes, races and religions of this world but it seems a plausible theory.

Kaled.

lorax




msg:3583659
 4:04 am on Feb 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

Among the interesting observations ... the social aspect of the web is a more natural fit for women than men.

I'd agree with this 200% - a few of the previous posts are pretty good evidence.

Beverly




msg:3584310
 9:54 pm on Feb 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

I hate when people are always wanting to stick people in little boxes...especially gender boxes.

I'm female...I am not blabby. My husband is the blabbermouth.

I've always heard...and I just heard Alex Trebek say it point blank the other night on Jeopardy...girls do not like The 3 Stooges. How ridiculous. It fricking pisses me off. I've ALWAYS liked the 3 stooges.

Another point...some of these boxes so conveniently fit BECAUSE we have been put in our little boxes since the day we were born...societal teachings start VERY early.

Esqulax




msg:3586152
 3:33 pm on Feb 27, 2008 (gmt 0)


Personally, I stay clear of looking for reasons behind apparent differences between the sexes, races and religions of this world

Amen to that!

Putting content onto the web.. if that includes myspace/facebook/forums.. practically every internet user out there does it.
I think the anonymity of the internet is what makes this whole discussion about gender happen..
to quote the matrix:

Neo: You're trinity?
Trinity: Yes.
N: Its Just...
T: What?
N: i thought you were a guy
T: Most guys do.

Internetty stuff is getting easier for everyone. so, i think it gets less about gender, and more about personality traits. as in a creative person tends to do more graphic design and will grasp trends, fashions faster, whereas someone with no creative aptitude, but more scienentifical aptitude will be able to grasp the technologies that implement these better.
Obviously thats a 2D graph where people can be anywhere in-between.
but even then, i mean, im not very creative, but i can make a fairly good looking title banner using photoshop and brushes n stuff, but cant draw to save my life, but i can pick up coding languages pretty easily n quickly.

Its not really about gender, media are just making it an issue. I get my rear handed to me on a plate by girls on halo3 all the time. think they should concentrte more on what TYPE of people do what TYPE of stuff online

Clark




msg:3586302
 6:32 pm on Feb 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

Beverly: I hate when people are always wanting to stick people in little boxes...especially gender boxes.

Now you got that song "Little Boxes" in my head (from Weeds). Good thing I love the song :)

Oh, and sorry to put you in a little quote box above, I couldn't resist ;)

Really? You like the 3 stooges? I don't hate them, but it's as funny as intently observing a table table. :)

tomda




msg:3632165
 10:23 am on Apr 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

My blog on girls' things - on sewing, swap, etc... and managed by my wife - is definitely getting more Adsense clicks than my men's blog.

Beverly




msg:3632252
 12:43 pm on Apr 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

Clark: Now you got that song "Little Boxes" in my head (from Weeds). Good thing I love the song :)

Oh, and sorry to put you in a little quote box above, I couldn't resist ;)

Really? You like the 3 stooges? I don't hate them, but it's as funny as intently observing a table table. :)
__________

I love that song, too! I heard it long before Weeds, though.

Cute! :D

I do like the 3 stooges...but only when Curly is in them. Curly was great!

piatkow




msg:3647867
 1:49 pm on May 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

Something about this thread has just reminded me about the story of a UK politician who, many years ago, was phoning a list of high powered, and hence supposdly male, contacts. When he got to Dr X he was greeted by a female voice and in his surprise said "Why are you a woman?". The immediate replay "because I have 2 X chromosones!"

StoutFiles




msg:3649001
 4:53 pm on May 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

"The Web is Increasingly a Girls World"

That's just because girls are now figuring out how the internet works.

Sorry, I couldn't help it.

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