Social networking changing the way men and women use the net
25 June 2012
A study by psychologists in the Department of Psychology has found there is a widening gap between the way men and women use the internet.
The researchers found that whereas men were more likely to visit entertainment, games and music websites, women were more attracted to social networking sites.
The study found differences in the internet experience of men and women was more apparent than ten years ago following the introduction of sites such as Facebook and microblogging sites such as Twitter.
Nearly 500 first year undergraduate students from six universities took part in the study, split between 389 women and 100 men with a mean age of 20.
The exercise was a repeat of an original study the researchers undertook ten years ago and aimed to analyse changes in internet use and whether the gender differences they found in 2002 remained in 2012.