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Gender Differences in Social Networking Habits

Men Are From YouTube, Women Are From Facebook

While I've heard the argument for the Droid/iPhone gender divide, Forbes pointed out this week that there are major differences in how men and women navigate social networking sites. The big takeaway here seems to be that women participate more on active sites like Facebook and Twitter, which promote discussion and involvement, while men dominate the more passive sites like YouTube and LinkedIn, meant for personal entertainment, "climbing the ladder," and collecting information. "We're women — we like to talk about things. Women use social media as a way to connect," says Jodi Kahn, the head of iVillage.

I've seen this in my own life; while I'm commenting on blogs and using Facebook to connect with friends and family, my guy friends will be perusing sites like Urban Dictionary, FAIL Blog, and Funny or Die.

What do you think? Do you think women are more relational social networking users?

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gd101 gd101 7 years
i agree with this, but then again i also have a youtube account. i don't post personal videos, i only use it to comment on music videos. i DO have twitter and facebook, which i love :)
thomasdoranbbz thomasdoranbbz 7 years
I don't really agree. I'm a guy and I much prefer interacting and participating with Facebook. I do have my Youtube subscriptions I check too ovecourse, but I'm more involved with active Social netorking in general. I also maintain two blogs which I guess is active too. I know girls that don't like social networking, and just prefer to watch fart videos on Youtube.
juicebox07 juicebox07 7 years
This is kind of funny because I am always on Facebook, and my boyfriend is always on YouTube. :P
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
Oh, and the "Blog" of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks is hilarious and I visit that a lot too :)
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
I probably visit Facebook and Sugar the most, but I'm also a big fan of watching Funny or Die, LATFH, and YouTube.
Yesi-Jukebox Yesi-Jukebox 7 years
I mostly do agree, just never noticed this before.
TammyO TammyO 7 years
I love FAIL blog, Funny or Die, You Tube and am sick of Facebook. And I'm a woman. But then I'm not the most social anyway so I guess it depends on the person not what sex you are.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
I think for the most part, it's true. With my guy and I, he falls into this category, but I don't 100%. He loves YouTube, but so do I. I spend a lot of time on I Can Has Cheezburger, Fail blog, Not Always Right, and other similar sites. That being said, I spend the MOST time at an internet forum too. I like a mix, he prefers just passive sites :)
skigurl skigurl 7 years
i agree with this...obviously it's not a foolproof theory, and many women will prefer youtube while many men are very active on facebook, but i agree, there's a reason why sites like Sugar are popular for women, while guys are always on ebaumsworld and stuff like that i almost never watch videos or just peruse those type of sites..i much prefer Sugar or Facebook, but then when you look at my boyfriend, he doesn't really do much in terms of social networking but spends his time on the internet looking stuff up like "how to build X" or ways to do stuff around the house, or looking up real estate or looking up trucks or 4wheelers...he is gathering information and doesn't care if it's not interactive
cherryblossom cherryblossom 7 years
i do not agree, I am a woman and i much prefer you tube to facebook.
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