New research discussed in Forbes Magazine says women are more social on facebook than men are. I personally feel like men socialize a great deal online — perhaps even moreso than in other analyzed social spaces — but Google Ad Planner (sidenote; there’s a strong possibility that Google is Big Brother, so take this research with a grain of salt, Winston) says ladies just love to facebook-like things that much more:
According to BrianSolis.com and Google Ad Planner, the 400-million member site is 57% female and attracts 46 million more female visitors than male visitors per month. Plus, women are more active on Facebook. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg says women on Facebook have 8% more friends and participate in 62% of the sharing. “The social world is led by women,” she concludes. And they’re leading that charge online.
Women are the majority of users on many of the biggest social networking sites, including Twitter, MySpace, Bebo and Flickr. Men, meanwhile, are most active on sites like Digg, YouTube and LinkedIn, which are more content-oriented and promotional than discussion-based.
They also list the ten most popular sites for women and the only ones I’ve even heard of are MySpace, Classmates, Facebook, Twitter & Flickr. Gaia? WTF is Gaia? I had a friend named Gaia, she smoked a lot of pot. Anyhow, “experts” chalk up the girly gift for gab thusly (and they do eventually also acknowledge that these social behaviors are learned, not inherent):
Experts believe the difference between how men and women operate online mirror their motivations offline. While women often use online social networking tools to make connections and share items from their personal lives, men use them as means to gather information and increase their status.
This may or may not be total crazy talk but also though? If you are or have a married friend who’s had a f*king baby or if you’ve spent any time on sftu parents you know that MARRIED STAY-AT-HOME MOMS LOVE FACEBOOK. America contains 5.5 million married stay-at-home parents; that’s 5.1 million mothers and 158,000 fathers. Also, LESBIANS LOVE THE INTERNET, THIS IS A PROVEN FACT. 75% of GLBTs are heavy online users, compared to 61% of the general population. Probs a lot of those are ladies. Hey ladies.
Pingdom.com made this infographic with the aforementioned data, and it’s interesting to see which sites are heavily MALE dominated (moreso than any of the investigated sites are female-dominated) and how many dudes haven’t bothered deleting their Friendster account yet.
Thoughts? Do you think the gender variance is inconsequential (whereas Forbes states equivocably that Facebook is female-dominated, pingdom states, based on the same data, “Twitter and Facebook have almost the same male-female ratio.”
Also WTF is Bebo.
Hollywood to Actors: No Surgery, Please: “In small but significant numbers, filmmakers and casting executives are beginning to re-examine Hollywood’s attitude toward breast implants, Botox, collagen-injected lips and all manner of plastic surgery.” (@nytimes.)
Queering Spanish Culture: Bad news for my trip to Spain: “It continues to be the “terra incognitawp_postsfemale sexuality was for Freud some 90 years ago, the reason being that, like in most other European countries, lesbian voices continue to remain silenced and lesbianism hardly visible in Spain.” (@ndsm observer)
“Public While Brown” – “Rep. Bilbray’s efforts to deflect from the state’s racisms by locating the “trained” apprehension of “illegality” on clothes, on behaviors — rather than skin — do not constitute any sort of departure from race discourses that target the body as a continuous surface of legible information about pathology, capacity, and so forth.” (@jezebel)
PRIDE & POWER:
Prom Flap Highlights Alliance of Pride and Growing Power: “The episode isn’t the first to flag common discrimination against people with disabilities and those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Solidarity between both communities has grown, reflected in a recent appointment to the federal panel on fair employment practices and the signing last fall by President Obama of a landmark hate-crimes law.” (@huffpo)
A Guide To Navigating Hell’s Kitchen’s Food Trucks There’s even one called the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck. And it won an “Eat Out” award. heh heh. (@time out new york)
Gender Equality March Angers Residents: Even though you don’t actually find out what the march is about until the last paragraph, this article is very informative. For instance, I learned that “the promotion and presentation of public nudity is a staple of the homosexual rights movement.” Who know? (@kjonline)
Check out Time Out NY’s coverage of GO Mag’s Nightlife Awards Party!
Nice Girls Finish Last – “By the time I realized, as a young working woman, that being a classic good girl was going to land me in more work for slightly less pay, there wasn’t much I could do to alter my fundamentally conscientious, perpetually guilt-ridden, grateful-for-a-job sense that I should always be working harder than I was, and that I was probably already being overcompensated for whatever I was doing.” (@salon)
Mind Over Meds: “Psychiatry has been transformed from a profession in which we talk to people and help them understand their problems into one in which we diagnose disorders and medicate them.” (@nytimes)