Men More Willing to Share Than Women … Online, at Least

Want your man to open up and share? Get him a broadband connection.

A new survey says men are more likely than women to share their creative works online, even though both sexes participate in creative activities at roughly equal rates.

Researchers at Northwestern University surveyed 1,060 freshmen from the University of Illinois at Chicago. They found that, on average, two out of three men and two out of three women engage in creative writing, art photography, music, or film/video generally. But while almost two-thirds of men reported posting these types of creative works online, only half of women reported doing so.

“Because sharing information on the Internet today is a form of participating in public culture and contributing to public discourse, that tells us men’s voices are being disproportionately heard,” Eszter Hargittai, a co-author of the study, said in a news release.

The release also noted that when researchers “controlled for self-reported digital literacy and Web know-how…they found that men and women actually posted their material about equally.”

The most popular type of creative content posted online was creative writing, followed by videos. —Catherine Rampell

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