Catgirl wrote:I hardly think that article is fair, as it doesn't look at the main gender differences. Girls are by nature chatty and social, a blog/podcast/etc. is just another outlet. Boys, at least in my experience, are not nearly as prone to creating a site just for the social aspect, they're either selling something (webmaster services, etc) or they have a site merely because people need to "get ahold of" them. It isn't, like the article seems to say, because males don't have the patience. I know more than one guy who designs web pages as a second source of income.
Rather, some scholars argue, girls are the dominant online content creators because both sexes are influenced by cultural expectations.
“Girls are trained to make stories about themselves,” said Pat Gill, the interim director for the Institute for Communications Research and an associate professor of gender and women’s studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
From a young age they learn that they are objects, Professor Gill said, so they learn how to describe themselves. Historically, girls and women have been expected to be social, communal and skilled in decorative arts.
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