How Do Women and Men Behave on Social Media?

Written by Amalia ~ Category: Social Discussion ~ Read Time: 2 min.

Social media has entered our lives and seems to be integrated into our society for good. We have already talked about language differences according to gender; now let's look at the behavior of both sexes on social media.

The Department of Psychology at the University of Alabama conducted a study according to which men use social media mainly to be informed and make new acquaintances, while women to maintain relationships that already exist (relatives, friendship, personal).

In 2013, according to Facebook, it was found that men discuss more abstract concepts and issues related to politics, economics, etc., while women use social media for more personal issues or issues that they believed could help other users.

According to the same research, this does not mean that women are not interested in discussing more abstract concepts; they are just those who receive more negative or hostile comments from other users than men. Thus, it seems that when talking about political, social issues, etc., they are much more likely to receive offensive or even threatening comments, which reach the point of harassment.

In April 2016, British journalist Martin Belam found that the most hostile comments were under the articles and reports of women journalists, trying to categorize sexist comments against specific groups of people.

Differences are also seen in the way male and female users choose to express themselves. Women's speech seems to be more emotional and more mature. Simultaneously, men's way of expression is presented as one-word or even concise and without signs of enthusiasm.

A study by the Department of Psychology at the University of Vermont, entitled "Gender and Language on Facebook," found that women are more direct and warmer in everything they say on the Internet, while men appear more distant with shorter sentences, fewer words, and even fewer features.

The same research shows that men are more daring in terms of abusive characterization and the use of taboo words. In contrast, according to psychology professor Mark Griffiths, men show more frequently aggression, anger, and, generally, behaviors that they would not adopt in real life. At the same time, it seems that men display the element of possessiveness since they often use the possessive pronoun "me."

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Amalia is the Teacher. She loves what she does. She is addicted to detail: if it isn’t perfect, it’s not good enough. She loves her job and she loves writing. She wants to learn new things and she is very curious about everything. Her favorite question: Why? She usually answers the questions by herself, though.

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