Thursday, February 28, 2008

Girls Rule the Internet

Teen girls create most Internet content, including blogs, graphics, photographs and web sites. Pew Internet & American Life Project studied 12 to 17-year-olds and found that while the number of teenage bloggers nearly doubled from 2004 to 2006, the growth was due to increased activity by girls.
  • More than 1/3 of girls blog, while only 1/5 of boys blogged. Girls also lead boys in web page creation, 32 percent and 22 percent, respectively.

  • The study found that 70 percent of girls ages 15 to 17 have set up profiles on social networks, while only to 57 percent of boys have completed profiles.

  • Boys are twice as likely as girls to post videos on the Internet.
via Girls Rule in Internet Content Creation - eMarketer

According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project in 2005, women are catching up to men in most measures of online life. Men like the Internet for the experiences it offers, while women like it for the human connections it promotes.

It would be great if the gender gap in science and math decreased as a side effect of Internet usage. I may not be here to record this sea change, but it is my wish that it happens.


Paros Shepherd said...

And, of course, where ever the girls go, the boys will follow.

Andrey Troy said...

Girls - we love ya!!! But in this world mens rules :)

Ahmed said...

This is inspiring? I should think about promoting products through teens blogs!

CyberCelt said...

@paros-the boys are already there with science and math.

@andrey-Yes, and that is the problem. LOL

@ahmed-The blogosphere is full of women and girls.

Thanks for your comments everyone.

Charlotte Babb said...

Sterotypically, girls are more social and work the network concept. But judging from all the blogger, work-at-home moms, girls are seeing that there is more to the internet than porn and gaming.

It's not your Dad's internet anymore. Thank goodness!

Sherer said...

I can't believe that many teens are blogging

Loretta said...

Well girls minds mature faster than boys so that makes perfect sense to me. I am a little surprised about the number of teenage bloggers though, I didn't think it would be as many.

Roger Lunn said...

Boys don't blog as much because we are to busy thinking about girls.


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