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New research has shown that there is a distinct difference in what men and women do while they are online.  The study, which was completed by Psychologists from the Department of Psychology at the University of Bath, found that men were more likely to spend their time on gaming and music sites while women spent the majority of their time interacting on social networking sites.

While men were also found to enjoy using social networking sites, the study, which took place over the past 10 years, found that women spend significantly more time on Facebook, Twitter and MySpace than men who were more likely to visit them less frequently.

Speaking about the study which is entitled ‘Internet experience, Internet Identification and Internet Anxiety: a ten year follow up’ author Dr. Richard Joiner said Our findings indicate that rather than transcending or overcoming gender differences in wider society, internet use by males and females seems to reflect, and in some instances even exacerbate, these broader trends.” He went on to add “In previous research we found no gender differences in the use of the internet for communication, whereas in the current study we found gender differences in communication and that females were using social network sites more than males.”

The study also revealed that many students started using the internet as young as 11 and spend around 3.4 hours online per day although the time men and women spent online varied greatly.


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