Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Sorry, Boys, We Got This Blogging Thing Down!

Posted by Teresa at 7:02 PM

Looks like when it comes to blogging and creating content for the
web among teens, it's largely a female thing:
The prototypical computer whiz of popular imagination — pasty,
geeky, male — has failed to live up to his reputation.

Research shows that among the youngest Internet users, the
primary creators of Web content (blogs, graphics, photographs,
Web sites) are not misfits resembling the Lone Gunmen of “The
X Files.” On the contrary, the cyberpioneers of the moment are
digitally effusive teenage girls.
Here are the stats from The New York Times article:
Indeed, a study published in December by the Pew Internet
& American Life Project found that among Web users ages 12
to 17, significantly more girls than boys blog (35 percent of girls
compared with 20 percent of boys) and create or work on their
own Web pages (32 percent of girls compared with 22 percent
of boys).

Girls also eclipse boys when it comes to building or working on
Web sites for other people and creating profiles on social networking
sites (70 percent of girls 15 to 17 have one, versus 57 percent of boys
15 to 17). Video posting was the sole area in which boys outdid girls:
boys are almost twice as likely as girls to post video files.

I think it makes a great deal of sense. Teenage girls are none for being chatty
and focused on developing friendships, thus, making social networking and
blogging are appealing for girls than boys. It's like an online teenage scratch book.



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